Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997 18:59:59 -0500
From: "Donald M. Lance" engdl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: pre-nasalized stops
I'm a graduate student at Georgetown doing a term paper on pre-nasalized
stops in white Southern English as a result of African and/or African
I've noticed this feature in my own speech (I'm a white Southerner) and
believe it may have African or AAVE origins. The feature I'm talking
about is distinct from nasalized vowels. An example would be something
like mboy for boy or ndoor for door especially in emphasized utterances
but also as a general rule. I've done waveform analysis of my own speech
compared to a Californian's and found that many of my /b/ and /d/'s are
not stops at all.
If anyone knows anything about this feature in WSE, AAVE, Creoles, or West
African languages, could you please let me know?
Are you sure it's nasalizaion and not just onset of phonation preceding the
stop closure? I've seen/heard this pre-voiced-stop phonation in the speech
of people whose phonotactics would not have been influenced by African
American speech. I can produce what I think you mean, with nasalization
extending about half-way through the [o], both with and without pre-stop
phonation. When the pre-stop phonation occurs, it is of course nasalized.
I associate this nasalization with my South Midland dialect rather than
with the presence of a nasal consonant. You have a fascinating topic.
Good luck with it.