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Just wondering if the [g] sound is sometimes used to link a word ending in [ŋ] and a word beginning with a vowel sound. For example, can "hang out" be pronounced as /hang-gout/?

If you know any helpful source about this inquiry, can you share it with me?

Thanks a bunch!

  • Well, there is lun-GUY-lind (Long Island). – Yosef Baskin Jan 22 at 14:20
  • Can it? Sure. Does it? Not in GenAmE. But with respect to @YosefBaskin's comment, in some varieties maybe. I don't know if the '/loŋ gai land/ in the NYC area generalizes to any intervocalic /ŋ/ (eg, does "sing a song" = /siŋ a soŋ/ or /siŋ ga soŋ/ there?) – Mitch Jan 22 at 14:36
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    @Mitch - I'm a New Yorker (which often almost sounds as if it should be written "Ñawka"), and yes, it does seem to generalize in that way. – Jeff Zeitlin Jan 22 at 15:55
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    Sometimes the /g/ is pronounced and sometimes it isn't. The word longer can have two meanings -- 'more long', with the comparative -er suffix on the adjective long, and 'one who longs', with the agentive -er suffix on the verb long. The first one is much more common, of course, and it has a /g/ - /'lɔŋɡər/. But the second one does not have a /g/. One who longs is a /'lɔŋər/. – John Lawler Jan 22 at 15:59
  • I was going to say that no BrE accent puts a /g/ in in Sandhi (In the NW Midlands and NW, all /ŋ/s are /ŋɡ/, even final ones). But I'm suddenly not so sure. I certainly say /ðəθɪŋ'ɪz/ for "the thing is", but I can hear /ðəθɪŋ'gɪz/ in my mind, and I don't think it's only Mancunians that say it. – Colin Fine Jan 22 at 16:31

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