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The particular linguistic hypothesis to which you refer posits that nasal vowels are the result of an underlying /VN/ (where V is any vowel and N any nasal consonant, not just /n/) in the same syllable. So plein in this analysis is underlyingly //plɛn// (one syllable) while pleine is //plɛ.nə// (two syllables). The nasalition process then affects the ...


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