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Re: Question about word-initial velar nasal

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Sunday, October 24, 2004, 2:18
--- In, Tim May <butsuri@M...> 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.
Swahili has an initial /N/: ng'ombe = cow. The apostrophe is used to distinguish this single phoneme from the two phonemes in "finger,": /NJ\/, nguruwe = pig. Charlie