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nasalisation of vowels

From:B.Philip.Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Friday, October 16, 1998, 20:18
At 20:32 +0000 on 7.10.1998, Mathias M. Lassailly wrote:

> So unlike in French, nasalisation of vowels > > is not a distinctive feature. > > > > Matt. > > That's a pity. I can't understand why nasalisation is not a common >feature in ANY language. It's such a natural, peaceful and beautiful sound. > > Mathias
As it happens nasalized vowels are acoustically less distinct from one another than their oral counterparts. It _is_ very common in some languages though. E.g. most New Indo-Aryan languages have a full set of nasalized vowels corresponding to their oral vowels. There is even a tendency for "intrusive nasalization", e.g. some vowels are nasalized although their Middle and Old Indo-Aryan etyma lack the normal "input" for NIA nasalized vowels (usually a nasalized vowel already in the earlier language, or loss of intervocalic nasal consonants.) /BP B.Philip. Jonsson <bpj@...> Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant (Tacitus) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------