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Modern Language Notes, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Feb., 1915), pp. 45-47


A few years ago the present writer directed attention to some instances of intrusive nasals in contemporary speech, American and English, and suggested that in the greater part of these instances associative interference was responsible for the added consonants. The bearing of the material presented on the much discussed topic of Middle English added n, for which many varying explanations have been offered, was also treated. Some further instances, heterogeneous in character, of infixed n, noted since the article cited was printed but reinforcing, it is believed, the position taken there, are these: