(In Adam Felber‘s defense, he committed the error during the “Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank” portion of the show; it’s amazing to me that the panelists don’t commit more speech errors than they do during that time. Besides, Adam won the game that particular week, speech error notwithstanding.)
How do I know that it was circumnavimgate, with full copying of the bilabial nasal, and not circumnaviŋgate, with copying of the nasal and the expected place assimilation? Well, my ears deceive me, so I don’t actually know. I’m not particularly good at reading spectrograms, either, so close study of the spectrogram of the clip below has not helped me much.
Anyone want to take a stab at this? I’m curious, but not so curious as to take up any more of my own time …
I was reminded of this speech error a little while ago, when I overheard someone say (what sounded like) confinscate for confiscate. I’m reasonably sure that was an n in that case, but without a recording and spectrogram, I guess we’ll never know.