Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

PHONO: Nasal assimilation (was: An incongruent orthography: Maggel)

From:Jonathan Knibb <jonathan_knibb@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 9, 2002, 21:58
Roger Mills wrote:
John Cowan wrote:
> >I take this to be the sound of "n" in Italian "inferno". All Italian >nasals adopt the place of articulation of a following consonant >(and thus any m/n distinction is neutralized) and that even across >word boundaries: "con Paulo e con Carlo" is /com'pauloecoN'karlo/. >So "nf" is pronounced with a labiodental nasal.
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. 'O dear white children casual as birds, Playing among the ruined languages...' Auden/Britten, 'Hymn to St. Cecilia'


Levi Tooker <nerd525@...>