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'
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