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Liquid palatalization in Southern Vanuatu

Lynch, John D. (1996) Liquid palatalization in Southern Vanuatu. Oceanic Linguistics, 35 (1). pp. 77-95. ISSN 0029-8115

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While Proto-Oceanic *t undergoes palatalization in all Southern Vanuatu languages in a "typical palatalizing environment" (before *i and *e), and while *n and *ŋ also palatalize in Anejom̃, Proto-Oceanic *l, *r, and *R palatalize before *o as well in some of these languages. In addition, while Anejom̃ shows a palatal reflex of *l in this environment, northern Tanna languages show a nonpalatal reflex, but have a palatal reflex before *i and *u. There is some evidence that the northern Tanna nonpalatal reflex may nevertheless be the result of palatalization, and that the palatal reflex is not. This evidence is presented here, along with some discussion of the phonetics of *o.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Pacific Languages Unit
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 1996 22:17
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2012 22:17

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