Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997 15:26:23 -0400 From: Carrie Crockett Subject: pre-nasalized stops I'm new to the list. 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 American influence. So far, I've found very little even in related areas and next to nothing on my particular feature, which can be positive or negative in terms of conducting research. 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? Thanks. Carrie Leigh Crockett Sociolinguistics, Georgetown crocketc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]