On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 11:32 AM, Alex Fink <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > On Wed, 25 Nov 2009 16:25:43 +0000, Sam Stutter > <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > >>However "I fled" resolves as "spr&y"Nu"m" which ought to be [spr&. >>'aIN.u:m]. > > Everyone so far seems to have seized on the hiatus and not the thing which > troubles me most on first sight, which is the position of the second > syllable division. That's a really weird thing to do, VC.V is; > crosslinguistically languages really really prefer putting a single C in > this position in the onset, empty codas being a beautifully fine state of > affairs and empty onsets being a mite uncomfortable. (English may be one of > the few exceptions -- Wells argues this, at least, to account for the > phenomena like "happy" [h&p.i] where [&] is a closed-syllable-only vowel. > But it's certainly not the common behaviour.) > > I do wonder how you're pronouncing it in such a way that it's clearly > [aIN.u:] and not [aI.Nu:]. Distinguishing those by extra segmental material > could well feel be an awkward affair. It could possibly be ambisyllabic (which is what I think is happening with the /p/ in /h&pi/).