The other day, we came to a fine page in a book with the following text:
"The PIG is driving the tractor... putt-putt-putt..."
The putt-putt-putt is supposed to be a tractor sound (there are round poofs of smoke which illustrate the rhythm going out of the tractor tailpipe).
Grace finds this page highly entertaining, enough so that she echoed back:
"PUH PUH PUH PUH PUH!"
It was the first time I ever heard a clear "P" from her, so I was very excited. But then I realized she had whispered the rest of the word (a shouted whisper).
If you're curious, Grace's consonants so far are roughly as follows...
|Grace's sound, roughly||Phonemes she uses the sound for (in rough "English-y" notation)|
|d||/t/ and /d/|
|b||/b/ and /p/|
|ʒ (zh)||/s/, /z/ /ʃ/ (sh),/tʃ/ (ch) /dʒ/ (j)|
|ɹ (some version of it)||/ɹ/ (r) and /w/|
|p||/p/ in a whispered tractor sound|
|r* (coronal trill)||Used consistently for what a duck says -- I have no idea why|
|[ʙ] (bilabial trill)||Used joyfully and frequently for silliness|
|r̼ (linguolabial trill)||Used joyfully and spitfully for silliness|
*Katharine things this might be [ʀ] (uvular trill), which would make some more sense of it since this at least has her tongue somewhere close to the position needed for a "quack" sound (velar plosive)