Pronunciation of "Ngaio"

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Sun May 10 04:00:04 UTC 2009

>Referring to the Language Log posting on initial ngm, such
>labio-velars are not uncommon in West African languages as part of a
>series with coarticulated stops /kp/ and /gb/.  /Nm/ is less common
>than the stops

And can't really exploit the ingressive velaric airstream mechanism
as the other two can. So the experience of saying it is a bit
different, and I suspect the velar doesn't come through as strongly,
though I don't have proof of that.

James Harbeck.

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