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At 22:00 4.11.2003, John Cowan wrote:

> > 2.) They could devoice, if voiced.   Nasals don't have a salient voiceless
> > counterpart, so they have nothing to devoice to.   While it's entirely
> possible,
> > it's highly unlikely in initial environment, because what would cause
> such a
> > devoicing?
>
>In Welsh, I believe it's a final -s in the preceding word that has been lost
>that does the devoicing (and aspiration).

Not in the case of nasals.
Welsh voiceless nasals come from *mp, *nt, *nk.
Don't know the details.

/BP 8^)
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