Voiceless Nasal Phonemes in Icelandic

  title={Voiceless Nasal Phonemes in Icelandic},
  author={Michael Jessen and Magn{\'u}s Pḗtursson},
  journal={Journal of the International Phonetic Association},
  pages={43 - 53}
Icelandic has a number of ‘surface minimal pairs’ between voiced and voiceless nasals. Facts and arguments are presented that speak for the phonemic status of these sounds, in contrast to the widespread view that voiceless nasals in Icelandic are derived. It is shown, among else, that stops after voiced and voiceless nasals are phonetically identical. Due to this fact it is not possible on synchronic grounds to ascribe the distinction between voiced and voiceless nasals to a distinction among… 

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