Thursday, May 10, 2012

t's nasal release: V(rln)tVt

There are a few scenarios

In the following cases, the first V is stressed.

1. VtVn, t is nasally released.(cf. button, mutton, glutton, Manhattan, written, beaten, Clayton, etc)
2. VntVn, t is nasally released (cf. Trenton, NJ; Scranton, NJ; Mountain View, CA; sentence, etc). The first V is nasalized. 3. Vrtn, t is nasally released (certain, Morton, hearten, Dumbarton bridge, Wharton school, Barton, etc)
4. Vltn: in some words, t is nasally released; in some others, it is not.
4a. No nasal release, instead there is a schwa between t and n in these words: Hilton, Milton, Dalton, Elton, Shelton, CT, Bolton, Dolton, IL, etc. MW transcribes Dalton with a nasal release, but when you hear the Dalton's sound file there, it is not nasally released. However, LPD transcribes with a nasal release and the sound file matches with it.
4b. Nasal release in these words: Walton (from MW), sultan, etc.

How about words like gluttony? Here, you see sonorant gemination. gluttony = glutton (pattern 1) + nee

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