Nechayev wrote:The words "unaimed" and "unnamed" sound different to me. "Unnamed" seems to have a longer "N" sound.
I'm wondering if there are any other words that have such a distinction (to clarify, Englishwords where when a consonant is doubled, the pronunciation of that consonant is actually lengthened like in unnamed".
For the record, I'm a native English speaker.
Nechayev wrote:It is almost the same, but do you generally notice the distinction? (If someone spoke one of the words to you, would you be able to tell which one it was?)
Also, does anyone else have examples of pairs like this? Preferrably with a consonant other than "n".
Nechayev wrote:That seems about right, Daniel -- thanks.
Though it seems that it is quite rare that such consonant lengthening provides a distinction, as there are no words that are like "head-ress" or "book-ase".
I think you've found what I was looking for, though.
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