Are the h and ng sounds allophones

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Are the h and ng sounds allophones

Postby Mega85 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:26 pm UTC

I've seen at said before the the sounds at the beginning and end of "hang" might be allophones. I don't think that is the case. Because people don't really perceive them as being the same sound.

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Re: Are the h and ng sounds allophones

Postby flicky1991 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:27 pm UTC

Wh... what? Who is saying this? In what way are they allophones?
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Re: Are the h and ng sounds allophones

Postby Mega85 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:38 pm UTC

I don't think any linguists seriously considers them to be allophones. They use them as an example of why phonemes cannot be defined only by complementary distribution.

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Re: Are the h and ng sounds allophones

Postby eSOANEM » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:00 pm UTC

yeah, it's just an example of how complementary distribution is insufficient as a definition of allophones. If you knew the answer though, why ask it?
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Re: Are the h and ng sounds allophones

Postby gmalivuk » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:13 am UTC

Well it looks like you asked and answered your own question so
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