Date: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 22:33:28 -0600
From: "Donald M. Lance" engdl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: nasal flaps?
Garland Bills wrote:
Well and good, Don, but I bet you can't do that without leaving
the velum lowered for the flap/tap! Otherwise, you described quite well
the sound we're concerned with. It is indeed a nasal flap/tap. If someone
wants to call it a "nasalized" flap/tap, fine; that's accurate. (But they
-- or he, if you prefer -- should also be willing to characterize [n] as a
Right. It would be very difficult if not impossible to close off the
naso-pharynx during the instant of the flap but have it open for preceding
and following nasalized vowels.
It is also possible to have a flapped /t/ preceded and followed by
nasalized vowels. If one has a true "nasal twang" and leaves the
naso-pharyngeal passage open while saying everything after the release of
/p/ in 'pity', a "nasalized [t]" is produced, with the apico-alveolar
closure of a /t/ rather than an /n/.
Now that I've thought about the "nasalized t-flap," I would argule that the
pronunciation of 'Atlanta' -- at least as I say it -- indeed has a briefly
articulated nasal obstruent, which I don't mind calling a nasal flap.