Watching this YouTube video: 20121114 03 湖南 湖南一男子下班开滑翔伞回家 笑言空中无红灯 @ ~1:10 the reporter says, what sounds to me like:


then a second later he goes on:


Looking at the Wiki page for 湘语 it does note that:

元 ŋuĩ

The pronunciation of 元 in Xiang has an ŋ inital.

Is this just a mishap mashup of:

  • Initial ŋ from Xiang 元
  • Final uan from, attempted, MSM 元

That results in a gen sounding pronunciation for 元? Seems plausible to me.

Is this a feature of Xiang pidgin, 湘普, (the mix of Xiang and MSM)?

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    The reporter's y sounds like ʝ or ɟ to me, not /g/
    – 范阮煌
    Commented Jun 4, 2021 at 13:46
  • Not sure if this is relevant, but I have noticed exactly the same pronunciation before, but I'm not sure exactly where, except that it was a Taiwanese news broadcast. My guess is that it's a personal idiosyncrasy of some kind rather than an accent, but I could be wrong.
    – Olle Linge
    Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 7:46

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No, it is the standard mandarin pronunciation, possibly, you hear (?yuen), misheard this as gen.


The pronunciation of "gen" is similar to "跟" and "根", but the author says "yuan" = 元.

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