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Re: Question about word-initial velar nasal

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Sunday, October 24, 2004, 3:39
Tim May wrote:

> Danny Wier wrote at 2004-10-21 14:27:39 (-0500) > > This is a natlang/histlang/theory question, the answer of which may > > affect the development of my conlang. > > > > I've noticed that a lot of languages that have /N/ in their > > inventories do not allow it word-initially. > > Incidentally, what languages _do_ allow /N/ initally? Offhand, I can > only think of Vietnamese and Tibetan, and it's a tricky thing to look > up. >
Thai is one that comes to mind, as well as Cantonese. It looks like Indonesian also has a few words with initial ng-. I'm sure there must be others; I assume that Nganasan, at least, is pronounced with an initial /N/ or /Ng/. Welsh has initial /N/ as a nasal mutation of /g/.


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>