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The Flexible Vowel in English Negation

Posted in Vicente with tags , on April 26, 2012 by Vicente Peláyez

It’s often observed that “no” means “no,” but less noticed that so do “naw” and “nah.” Although in writing, the negative interjection is almost always spelled no, in speech a number of vowels can follow the n and still make for a correctly-formed negation. Continue reading