Date: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 15:09:36 -0400
From: Ron Butters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: so who tightened your velopharyngeal portal?
We're talking about an alveolar nasal with the rapidity of
articulation that makes it a tap or flap rather than a stop. Thus, for
me,"sentence" has a nasal tap/flap while "penance" has a nasal stop. For
some people, this phenomenon might be a nasalized vowel and a "regular"
(non-nasal) alveolar tap, but for me it's definitely a nasal tap.
Given (I think that this is true) that most speakers of American English keep
their velopharyngeal ports open unless they HAVE to close them, aren't all AE
flaps more or less "nasal(ized)"?