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CONLANG Digest - 1 Nov 2000 (more /IN/)

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Saturday, November 4, 2000, 6:54
Muke Tever wrote:
>For me the [N] in /iN/ or /IN/ is halfway between /J/ (palatal nasal) and >/N/. I think that's why /i/ and /I/ sounds tend to mutate toward it. It >might be vice versa, but I say [IN] and it sounds much different than what >would be English /IN/. (All the people talking about the effect of N on >the vowel, and nobody mentioned the effect of the vowel on the N...)>
A very good point, which we've been ignoring. The /N/ after /i ~ I/ is quite fronted, compared to its position in "song" or "sung". And the fronted /N/ after /æ/ ("hang") will likewise account for the transitional [j] we've noted (for me the vowel of hang is somewhere between [E] and [æ]). Quite comparable to the fronted/backed allophones of /k/ and /g/, or Germ. ach- and ich-laut.