|From:||Roger Mills <romiltz@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 22:08|
Mark Reed wrote:
> I've learned a lot about português pronunciation.
> I'm still confused
> about the <ang> though. Is there a [N] anywhere, or
> is it pronounced
> the same as if it were spelled <ãg>?
>Judging from the replies, it appears to be free variation (or personal/dialectal
idiosyncracy?) between [a~g] and [aNg]; probably in the latter the a is still
nasalized, at least somewhat......(and I suspect even in the former, there
might be an intrusive [N] as the velum closes for the g).
The only real free variation in AmEngl. I can think if is "economic(s),
economical" with initial [i] or [E], often in the same discourse. Other
alternants, like "either" ['iDr=] ~ ['aiDr=] or "tomato" [t@'meyto ~ t@'mAto]
seem to be regional, maybe even class features.