the spoken sounds of ing/ink and ang/ank

David Borowitz borowitz at STANFORD.EDU
Mon Jun 2 20:55:54 UTC 2008

Hm, I've never had problems with GMail auto-HTMLing my postings
before, but this should be better. (I changed the ash ligature to
/ae/, on the off chance that was part of the problem.)

I haven't yet looked at a spectrogram of Tom's examples, but it sounds
to me like the pre-nasal i's are, in addition to being lax, also
somewhat nasalized. IIRC nasalization of front vowels in English is
pretty well attested, though perhaps more clearly so with /ae/ as in

On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 1:34 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at> wrote:
> You want to try that again, maybe without HTML?
> On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 4:08 PM, David Borowitz <borowitz at> wrote:
> > SSBoYXZlbid0IHlldCBsb29rZWQgYXQgYSBzcGVjdHJvZ3JhbSBvZiBUb20ncyBleGFtcGxlcywg
> > YnV0IGl0IHNvdW5kcyB0byBtZQpsaWtlIHRoZSBwcmUtbmFzYWwgaSdzIGFyZSwgaW4gYWRkaXRp
> ...
> m a m

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