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Re: Reduction and Grammaticalization

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Monday, December 27, 2004, 12:47
On Dec 27, 2004, at 8:03 AM, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
>> Example: >> gonna from going to... obviously the word boundary disappeared for >> them >> to merge, but still /goInt@/ or something similar must for a start >> have >> assimilated nt to get n, a sound change I'm not sure has happened in >> recent english at least.
> Perhaps not in your dialect, but in most American ones I hear, it > occurs > all the time. The fact that it's ongoing is supported by the countless > attestations of "internet" as [Inr=nEt]. This might be due to an > extension of the intervocalic flapping rule in American English to > cover /ntV/ sequences, or perhaps due to the crosslinguistic markedness > of nasal + voiceless sequences.
Not just American English in my experience, but North American English generally... hence the pronunciation of "Toronto" by native Torontonians(?) as something like [t@'r\A4~ow] -Stephen (Steg) "no es amor lo que tú sientes se llama obsesión" ~ 'obsesión' by aventura