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Final syllables in Northern Malakula

Lynch, John D. (2011) Final syllables in Northern Malakula. Oceanic Linguistics, 50 (1). pp. 247-257. ISSN 0029-8115

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Although nearly all languages of Malakula in central Vanuatu regularly lose Proto-Oceanic (POc) word-final vowels, there is a group of four languages spoken along the north coast—Nese, Vovo, Botovro, and Vao—in which final vowels are retained if the vowel in the preceding syllable was high. These languages also show a paragogic vowel added after a POc word-final consonant, but again only if the preceding vowel was high. I suggest in this short paper that paragogic vowels were added after all retained final consonants, that a sonority-driven stress shift moved stress from a high penult to a more sonorous nonhigh final vowel, and that only then were final unstressed vowels deleted.

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: 29 Aug 2011 04:31
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2012 04:31

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