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Re: Nasal vowels (WAS: [Re: [IE conlangs]])

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 13, 1999, 20:01
FFlores wrote:
> I've noticed there's a tendency to reduce vowels when > nasal (or before a nasal, as in this case). Some time ago > a French speaker (Christophe? Mathias?) said that he didn't > distinguish the nasal vowels in _brun_ and _brin_. > Is there a physical reason for that kind of simplification?
> So, does nasality mean less distinctiveness?
Essentially, yes. Nasal vowels tend to be less distinctive than their oral counterparts. /E~/ and /e~/ sound more similar than /E/ and /e/, thus, there's a tendency to collapse them. Many languages with nasal vowels have fewer nasal vowels than oral. -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-name: NikTailor