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Re: NATLANG: Velar nasals in Japanese, and coda moras.

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 21, 2002, 23:45
Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote:
> Right. I didn't think a syllabic nasal would assimilate. So I guess > it's really /ri-n=-gM/ = [ri-N=-g(M)].
It does, actually. _anta_ would be [a-n=-ta], _sanbiki_ would be [sa-m=-bi-ki]. When not followed by a consonant (i.e., word-final or intervocalic), it alternates between several realizations, including nasal version of the preceding vowel, like _san_ [saa~]
> A thought: If final /M/ is dropped in /-CM/, is /-C/ still a mora? Or > do you get [ri-N=g] in two moras?
I don't think you CAN drop /M/ after voiced consonants, and it's rare after voiceless ones, being more often simply voiceless, like [bokM_0] for "boku". As I understand it, _su_ is often pronounced as a kind of moraic /s/ word-finally or preceding voiceless stops, but with other consonants its usually simply voiceless. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42