Re: PHONO: Nasal assimilation (was: An incongruent orthography: Maggel)
|From:||Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, April 10, 2002, 15:40|
Surely all these instances are just assimilation of a nasal to a following
homorganic stop, which explains why the versions with -m don't work; the
physical effort of shifting from a bilabial to a sound made anywhere else is
too great to generate assimilation.
> > Ditto in Spanish, though speakers seem to vary [n] ~
> > [N] before /x/.
> > <<<
> > Erm, ditto in my English (L1) pronunciation! Am I
> > unusual in this? I had
> > been labouring under the assumption that this
> > phenomenon was basically
> > universal.
> > Jonathan.
> This also happens sometimes when I'm not speaking
> slowly in my (Eastern American) dialect of English.
> For example:
> "making bread" /%mEIkImbrEd/
> "fountain pen" /%faU~?mpEn/ (I know, strange dialect
> "in Canada" /IN%ke@n@d@/
> But not in all instances. /m/ in particular seems to
> resist this trend:
> "climb down" /klaImdaUn/
> "damn cat" /de@mk&t/
> Sometimes it even fails to happen in the same word
> across morpheme boundaries:
> "pancake" /%pe@nkEIk/
> "bonbon" /%banban/
> "longbow" /%laNboU/
> (Also note that in my dialect, /&/ changes to /e@/
> before /m/ and /n/ and to /e/ before /N/)
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