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VInyarion
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Post How to pronounce medial NG? (Angband, Anglachel etc)
on: February 03, 2017 04:12
I have a problem deaing with medial NG sound.
Should it be [ŋ] or [ŋg]?

Tolkien said "NG represents more or less ng in finger, except finally where it was sounded as in English sing" in Appendix E.
so initial or medial NG is [ŋg] and final NG is [ŋ].

No doubt it's anga[ɑŋgɑ] because ng is medial not final.
medial NG followed by a vowel is no problem. But how about medial NG followed by a consonant?

It seems that lots of Elvish students or linguists believes ng followed by a consonant should be pronounced as [ŋ] not [ŋg] just like final ng as in Glaurung: Angband[ɑŋbɑnd], Angmar[ɑŋmɑr], Angrod [ɑŋrod], Anglachel[ɑŋlɑxel].

It may feel more natural with just [ŋ] sound to most English speakers but according to Tolkien's note in Appendix E, I think it is more likely with distinct g sound as in Grond: Angband[ɑŋgbɑnd], Angmar[ɑŋgmɑr], Angrod [ɑŋgrod], Anglachel[ɑŋglɑxel]

Is there any evidence to overthrow Tolkien's direction in Appendix E?

[Edited on 02/04/2017 by VInyarion]
dirk_math
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on: February 03, 2017 04:46
Before l or r I would certainly pronounce the [g] as it 'flows' more easily.
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VInyarion
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on: February 06, 2017 01:47
dirk_math said:Before l or r I would certainly pronounce the [g] as it 'flows' more easily.

I think it makes sense by both Tolkien's direction and intuition
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