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Re: Question about word-initial velar nasal

From:Danny Wier <dawiertx@...>
Date:Sunday, October 24, 2004, 11:37
From: "Tim May"

> 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.
Some of these have already been mentioned by others, so pardon the redundancy. These I know for sure: Albanian, and I have no idea how that happened. Celtic languages (Breton, Welsh, Irish and Scots Gaelic), but as a result of nasal mutation of initial velar stops. Vietnamese Tagalog and other Philippine languages Samoyedic languages like Nganasan (as the name implies) I think Sami (in its various dialects) may allow initial velar nasals, but I'm not too keen on the language. They do have velar nasals in other situations, and in fact, they use the letter eng for that purpose. Also Nivkh (Gilyak) comes to mind; it also distinguishes velar and uvular nasals (as well as stops and fricatives). I also want to say Inuktitut too, but I can't remember! I studied this language a wee bit not too long ago.... Apparently I will never escape my obsession with phonology.


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Tim May <butsuri@...>