Is the k sound in sanction really pronounced? I have listened to it many times but I can't recognize it.
sanction /ˈsęŋk.ʃən/ : sanction noun (ORDER) - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
Last edited by anhnha; 13-Jan-2013 at 11:48.
Compare it with 'mansion' or 'scansion'. What you may often not hear is release of the closure (which isn't always made).
I think it can't recognize it because the sound /ŋ/ has the same position as /k/ sound.It's there.
And, for example, there are two sounds that have the same position the one is put next the other like /gk/. How can I differentiate it from the case there is one sound?
Could you explain the phrase "release of the closure"?Compare it with 'mansion' or 'scansion'. What you may often not hear is release of the closure (which isn't always made).
I can detect the k sound in scansion. In mansion, I don't see the k sound!
With 'mansion' and 'scansion', Bob was comparing the (absence) of /k/ between /n/ and /ʃ/ with the (presence of ) /k/ in 'sanction'.