Re: Question about word-initial velar nasal
|Date:||Sunday, October 24, 2004, 2:18|
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.