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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,
markjreed@MAIL.COM writes:

>I figured >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 fricative." Doug