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Re: Tendencies of Sound Changes?

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 5:54
Nik Taylor wrote:
> The Kauaian dialect of Hawiian lacked /k/, using /t/ instead (which the > standard dialect lacked), so that the local name for the island was > Taua'i, and they referred to the king who united the islands as > Tamehameha rather than Kamehameha. >
I'm not totally sure, but I think the Kauai dialect _retained_ /t/ as the reflex of *t, whereas the main dialect had shifted *t > /k/ (and *k > /?/ IIRC). Probably an example of a pull-chain??