Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 22:41:55 -0600
From: "Donald M. Lance" engdl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: nasal flaps?
Nasal flap: apico-alveolar flap/tap preceded and followed by nasalized
vowels. When I say 'Atlanta' with a nasal flap, the tongue contact is more
like that of my /n/ than my /t/. The quibble might be over whether the
contact is the gesture of the /n/ or the /t/, since the "suppressed" /n/ is
realized as nasalization in the preceding vowel. Progressive nasalization
(on the vowel after the flap) might argue for total loss of the /t/,
leaving surface remnants of only /n/.