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Re: nasal(ized) taps and flaps

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Monday, June 18, 2001, 20:45
On Thu, Jun 14, 2001 at 04:37:10PM -0600, dirk elzinga wrote:
> While de-lurking briefly, I found this. > > On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, David Peterson wrote: > > > And another thing, why can't there be a nasal flap? The /n/ > > in "never" sounds a lot different than the "nn" in > > "running". If I were to replace both with a stop-like > > sound, "never" would get a /d/, "dever", and "running" would > > definitely get a flap. Am I just crazy that I can hear and > > feel this difference? > > You are not crazy, and there is in fact such a thing as a nasal > flap (or tap), though it's probably best to call it a nasalized > flap, for aerodynamic reasons.
Ok, so what IS the difference between taps and flaps?
> Some varieties of English (like > mine) distinguish 'winter' from 'winner' only by the presence of > a nasalized flap in the former and a [n] in the latter, at least > in casual speech.
Hmm. I'll have to pay attention to people around here (myself included), since I had noticed that the two often sound the same, but sometimes I have an impression that they're not *exactly* the same. -- Eric Christopherson | Rakko