/Nkej/ and /Nkaut/
|From:||Sally Caves <scaves@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, July 22, 2001, 1:48|
I've said this for years. In fact, I thought I was
saying /mkej/, until I recognized it as a swallowed
first syllable. Also, I rarely found that I
ever said "kay," as you see it reprinted sometimes
in novels. That first syllable has left its trace.
Curiously, my husband and I used to joke about
his abbreviation of "look out!" spoken to his Yorkie.
If the dog was underfoot and Chris needed
to open the refrigerator, he always said /Nkaut!/ .
It was almost as if the /k/ had lost its plosive qualities,
along with the truncation of its first syllable. This is
probably the same phenomenon as /Nkej/.
----- Original Message -----
From: Aidan Grey <frterminus@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2001 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: /Nkej/
> I've said /N,kei/ for as long as I can remember.
> What really interests me about this phenomena is how
> the /o/ became a syllabic consonant (/N/ being an
> obvious choice as it is homorganic with the following
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