Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 15:57:50 -0400

From: Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IS2.NYU.EDU

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]