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Re: Nasal Fricatives, Yes or No

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 21:57
Jesse Bangs/Kevin Urbanczyk wrote:
> Some peeps were curious about nasal frics, some say no, but I can > pronounce them.. > > I gave them /snin/-> /s~i~/ as an example. I said, hey, if the French > vowels can do it, why not consonants? any ideas on if an natlangs > played with this... >
Sure, why not? Though IMO it's doubtful if they'd ever be really _contrastive_; more likely nasalized as a concomitant of other nasals in the environment, and failure to close off the velum in timely fashion. Possible "min.pair".: Portuguese sim 'yes' [si~] maybe [s~i~] vs. si 'if' [si] Hypothetical: maGa [ma~G~a~] vs. baGa [baGa]. I think there's a way in IPA to indicate "nasalization spread over all/part of a word". I've read some very technical articles on the phenomenon in Indonesian and some of its relatives.