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Re: Tekem, the language (aka deriving verbs from nouns)

From:Oskar Gudlaugsson <hr_oskar@...>
Date:Saturday, May 19, 2001, 18:35
On Wed, 16 May 2001 00:32:51 EDT, David Peterson <DigitalScream@...>

> For "w", they say people on Kaua'i and Niihau tend to use [w], and
>on Hawaii tend to use [v] (if it's that--they don't say).
I'm not qualified for the discussion, as I've never even heard Hawai'an spoken... but from my experience with language text books - if that's an English book, that [v] is probably a [P]/[v\] (labio-dental approximant); the book's silence about it being because the sound isn't found in English, and the book doesn't want to complicate matters. Besides, the dialectal variation is more likely to be merely of one variable, labio-velar vs labio- dental, than two variables, also of friction vs non-friction; right? Regards, Óskar