Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 15:57:50 -0400 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: nasal flaps? At 02:51 PM 7/10/97 -0500, you wrote: >I had my doubts about the existence of nasal flaps but checked with a >phonetician, a colleague of mine, and she says that nasal flaps common and >"flap" is indeed the term. In the relevant pronunciation of ATLANTA "nasal >flap" is apparently the correct term. How about that, Peter? We are on the >same side this time! > Orally they are flaps, with nasalization -- just like a nasal consonant such as m is a stop but also nasal. Perhaps "nazalized flap" would be less misconstruable. But since one can't flap anything articulatorily in the nasal cavity whether as flap or stop (tell me if I'm wrong!!!), nasal flap could probably only mean a flap with nazalization. Is that right? (I didn't pay as much attention in phoentics as I might have done -- reminded me of sight-reading in music, which I also didn't appreciate at the time.) Gregory {Greg} Downing, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]