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  •  I thought that 'U' before 'NG' (1+ / 0-)
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    was pronounced like 'Ú'. Canonical example:

    (Þungur hnífur = Heavy knife)

    "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." - George Bernard Shaw

    by Drobin on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 06:54:28 PM PDT

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    •  Huh (2+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama, Mopshell

      You know what, it never occurred to me until I actually listened to myself say it out loud, but the ng does indeed seem to change the sound. So I went and looked it up on Bragi (which is about as authoritative source as any), and it's right there:

      u borið fram sem ú [u].

          tungl, tungumál, ungur, þungur; konungur – bunki, dunkur, munkur

      That said, I bet my ex would contest that  ;)  He's from Ólafsfjörður and he doesn't at the very least do the ANG -> ÁNG part of the NG rules (for example, he says "banki" like "banki", not "bánki")... I should pay more attention and get him to say a UNG word  ;)

      The day I'll consider justice blind is the day that a rape defendant's claim of "She consented to the sex" is treated by the same legal standards as a robbery defendant's claim of "He consented to give me the money": as an affirmative defense.

      by Rei on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 07:33:55 PM PDT

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