Thursday, 17 September 2015

listen to (the) unconscious

'Listen to the unconscious'? You may think that I've gone loopy. Whether this is true or not is not for me to decide.
What I want you to do is listen to the word in this recording and tell me if you spot a not too rare phonetic phenomenon.

video

(My thanks to Paul Carley for the link.)

8 comments:

  1. Is it to do with:

    a) the consonant after the initial vowel?
    b) any other consonant?
    c) any other vowel?
    d) anything else?

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    1. I forgot to include the initial vowel in the previous list.

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    2. Emilio said "I forgot to include..." And what about section d, eh?

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  2. As Mariano rightly suggested - it's an instance of epenthesis

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  3. So it was section d. Yes, I can notice it now, before the second "n" - one of those epenthetic glottal stops that you seem to appreciate so much.

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  4. What? A stop before the ʃ ? You must be joking!

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  5. Between n and c too (perceptually, haven't looked at the waveform or spectrogram)

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