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Re: Idiolect Sound Change, or Broader Usage? n# > m#

From:Patrick Littell <puchitao@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 3:18
On 10/17/05, Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...> wrote:
> I've noticed an unusual sound change, which I *think* is a personal > sound change. Sometimes -- not all the time, but enough that I will > notice it -- I change word-final /n/ into /m/. Actually, I believe > it's specifically utterance-final /n/ that gets changed. > > Thus, I have heard myself say <button> ['bV?m=] and <-ing> [im]. (Now > that I'm trying to come up with real examples, of course I can't think > of any! *grin*) My dialect is Californian American English, > specifically from the SF Bay Area, and I'm 21. > > My question is whether anyone else has heard of such a sound change, > or whether it's me being strange and unique. :) > >
My guess is that it's probably an artifact of your closing your lips utterance-finally. Compare it to "Yep" and "Nope", which likely arose from the same process. If you cut off an emphatic "yeah" or "no" sentence-finally, you get something like a final glottal stop, which pretty naturally can become bilabial if you shut your mouth quickly. Someone who speaks Portuguese might be able to comment. Consider the alternation "homem" ~ "homens", in which the word-final /n/ in *homen becomes [m] (I dunno whether synchronically or diachronically.) (On a side note, I've been told that my final alveolars sometimes become retroflex! I'm not sure what their exact point of articulation is -- it might be alveopalatal instead -- but it's occasioned comment.)
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João Ricardo de Mendonça <somnicorvus@...>