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Interesting dialectal discoveries in W

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, February 27, 2000, 3:41
In Common Kassí, genders 1-3 articles (later prefixes) were

1: te ter
2: na nar
3: so sor

/r/ had allophone [L] (velar lateral) before /k/ and /g/ and [l] before
other consonants; [r] occurred syllable-initially (aside: is this a
reasonable allophonic distribution?).  In the standard dialect of
Classic Watakassí, this has become /l/ with allophone [r] after /t d n s

Anyhoo, in the standard dialect, [l]/[L] followed by non-labial
consonants became identical copies of the following, that is [Lk] -->
[kk], [ls] --> [ss] and so on.  Thus, the distinction between singular
and plural was by gemination for non-labial consonants (te gánorë/ter
gánori --> tigánul/tiggánuli).  By analogy, labial consonants were
affected.  Thus, te fóno/ter fónoi became tifúnu/tiffúmi (noi --> nwi
--> mi), but any other instances of -rf- would simply become -f-

Now, in some dialects, the -r simply underwent metathesis with the
following sound, thus te gánorë/ter gánori --> tigánul/tiglánuli

In others, the -r was lost, thus te gánorë/ter gánori -->

In still others, the -r's reflex is a lengthening of the previous vowel,
thus te gánorë/ter gánori --> tigánul/tiigánuli

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