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South Efate phonological history

Lynch, John D. (2000) South Efate phonological history. Oceanic Linguistics, 39 (2). pp. 320-338. ISSN 0029-8115

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The South Efate language in central Vanuatu forms a transition between the phonologically more conservative languages to the north and the more “aberrant” languages to the south. Based on more data than were available to Clark (1985), a more detailed phonological history of South Efate is presented here. Particular attention is paid to a low-vowel dissimilation rule and to rules deleting ²nal vowels and ²nal consonants, which Lynch (to appear a) suggests are shared with the Southern Vanuatu languages and thus constitute evidence for subgrouping South Efate with Southern Vanuatu. I also add to the growing literature on instances of low-vowel dissimilation in Oceanic languages (Blust 1996a, b) without, however, bringing us any nearer to an integrated explanation of this phenomenon.

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 2000 22:26
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2012 22:26

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