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Uto-Aztecan historical phonology

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, May 1, 2000, 20:36
On Mon, 1 May 2000, Nik Taylor wrote:

> dirk elzinga wrote: > > Here's a partial Uto-Aztecan cognate set for *tama 'tooth': > > Nahuatl tlan- > > Interesting. But, how did the Nahuatl get that way? Did the /m/ become > /w/, and then was lost? And where did the /l/ come from?
I think that the *m became /n/ in Nahuatl, but I'm not sure. PUA *t often became /tl/ adjacent to /a/ in Nahuatl (that should be a voiceless lateral affricate). Nahuatl is the Uto-Aztecan language I know the least about; most of my research has been confined to Numic, with brief excursions to Tubatulabal, Hopi, and Takic (Luiseño and Cupeño are Takic), all of which are Northern Uto-Aztecan languages. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga