Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 16:41:41 -0700 From: Garland D Bills Subject: Re: land mines On Fri, 10 Oct 1997, Beverly Flanigan wrote: > Twice today I heard NPR newspersons, one a man, the other a woman > (I didn't catch their names) speak of the Nobel peace prize as going to > the movement to "band land mines," using an intrusive /d/. Notably, > they didn't intrude /d/ when using "ban" or "banning" alone. (And just > now a third announcer said the phrase without /d/). Is this a common > phenomenon I've just never attended to before? I think this phenomenon is not uncommon. It's simply a natural transition between the two homorganic consonants: a moment of alveolar oral occlusion after raising the velum (to end the nasal) and before the lateral release. The same phenomenon is the pronunciation of "prince" sounding the same as "prints". My impression is that the intrusive segment is more salient in careful speech, as in the situation you refer to, Beverly. Garland D. Bills E-mail: gbills[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics Tel.: (505) 277-7416 University of New Mexico FAX: (505) 277-6355 Albuquerque, NM 87131-1196 USA