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Re: French

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.


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Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>