The IPA phonetic symbol [ ɲ] represents a palatal nasal that does not occur in English, but is very similar to /nj/. In Spanish it is "ñ", in Portuguese it is "nh", and in French and Italian it is "gn".
Borrowings form other languages normally replace the [ ɲ] sound by /nj/.
- from French
- from Italian
- from Quechua (via Spanish)
- vicuña: /vɪˈkuːnjə/
- from Spanish
- El Niño current: /el ˈniːnjəʊ/
- jalapeño: /hæləˈpeɪnjəʊBrE, hɑːləˈpeɪnjəʊAmE/
- piñata: /pɪnˈjɑːtə/
- piña colada: /piːnə kəˈlɑːdə, piːnjə kəʊˈlɑːdə/
- from Tupi (via Portuguese)
References[edit | edit source]
- For technical reasons double brackets appear on the page title.
- John Wells's phonetic blog, ɲ, 31 May 2009.