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English speakers sometimes ‘tut’ to express
their disapproval. A tut is a sound produced in the mouth without the aid of
the lungs, where the tip of the tongue pulls back from the top of the teeth
to produce a short click. It’s a noise which does convey meaning, but is not
considered part of the range of English sounds and is not used to form parts
In many Southern African languages, however,
sounds such as the tut are an inherent part of the language. The !Xu
language, for example, uses almost 50 different clicks as consonants. Clicks
can be produced in several different ways: by using the lips, teeth or the
side of the tongue. Unlike sounds produced with air coming from the lungs,
clicks rely on tongue movement against the velum, also known as the soft
palate, which is the area at the back of the roof of the mouth, to control
To produce a click, raise the back of your
tongue so that it rests against the velum. Then, use either the tip of your
tongue, your lips or your teeth to close the front of your mouth. You’ll have
produced a cavity, a pocket of air, in your mouth. Next, move the main part
of your tongue down and back a little. This will produce a partial vacuum in
the cavity. If you then quickly lower the tip of your tongue, or open your
lips or teeth, air will flow in from outside, making a click sound.
Read the above text again and write ONE WORD from the text in each gap to complete the diagram.