Date: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 19:34:10 -0400
From: Robert Howren howren[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EMAIL.UNC.EDU
Subject: Re: nasal flaps?
I haven't yet seen in the discussion of nasal flaps any suggestion
that there might be a distinctive difference between nasalized and
nasal flaps. One of the linguistic remnants of my South Midland
upbringing (northwest Georgia) in my phonology is a three-way contrast
among _batter_, with a straightforward oral palatoalveolar flap; _banter_,
with the vowel nasalized by the deleted /n/ and the rightward spreading of
the nasality feature to yield a slightly nasalized flap and following
syllabic; and _banner_, which has a nasalized vowel preceding a fully
nasal flap -- an allophone of an intersyllabic nasal stop. The
rightward spread of nasality, in this case as in that of banter ,
slightly nasalizes the final syllabic.
Any support from other South Midland speakers?
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