Re: Labiodental nasals
|From:||Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>|
|Date:||Friday, April 23, 2004, 22:58|
In a message dated 4/23/2004 10:25:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
>it would assimilate to [F], which got me thinking about [F] in general.
>The fact that it has a symbol in the IPA makes me suppose that, unlike
>the corresponding labiodental plosive, it is contrasted with [m] and [n]
>in some language? Which one(s)?
Pullum & Ladusaw's _Phonetic Symbol Guide_ says:
"What is extraordinariliy rare is for a labiodental nasal to contrast with a
bilabial nasal phonologically; indeed, it appears that when this symbol was
approved by the IPA, and for a long time afterward, no instance was known.
However, a language with such a contrast has since been described . . . the Kukuya
dialect known as Teke has [F] contrasting with both [m] and a labiodental