[Ads-l] Q: M silent in MN?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Jan 3 19:19:17 UTC 2015


At 1/3/2015 11:25 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>On Jan 3, 2015, at 10:51 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>
> > At 1/3/2015 02:03 AM, W Brewer wrote:
> >
> >> What homework is JB wanting us to do for him now?
> >
> > OK, I'll confess.
> >
> > I really couldn't think of "mn" words silencing the M last night, 
> only several (contra Larry's hypothesis)
>
>Au contraire.  My hypothesis concerned all and only *initial* 
>clusters; final ones work both ways ("damn" vs. "impugn").

My apology -- I didn't realize you were speaking of initial 
clusters.  However, I think GN would have been a less convincing 
example than the MN of mnemonic.  And can I assert that in "whi-nny" 
/ "whi-mnam" the MN is an initial cluster (of a syllable)?


>LH

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