Prononciation of G changes when preceded by N ?

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Palle
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Prononciation of G changes when preceded by N ?

Post by Palle » Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:46 am

I've noticed that the G in words like vinger, brengen, zwanger turns into a normal English G. Is this true for all words where the G is directly after N?
Is this a rule? Are there other situations in which the G becomes "normal" ?

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Re: Prononciation of G changes when preceded by N ?

Post by ngonyama » Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:10 am

The combination ng codes for the sound in singer, not the one in finnger. So no the g does not become a [g] sound (voiced plosive), but a velar nasal.

Dutch does not have a 'normal' voiced velar plosive except in a few loans or as an allophone for k on boundaries like in zakdoek that may bepronounced more like zagdoek with a (for you) normal g.

Even in loans like mango the g is often pronounced as aDutch spirant.

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Re: Prononciation of G changes when preceded by N ?

Post by Palle » Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:37 pm

Yeah, what i meant by "normal" was non-guttural. So all ng combinations are velar nasal ?
Are there other situations where the g is non-gutteral?

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