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Re: Tendencies of Sound Changes?

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Monday, April 3, 2006, 17:10
Quoting Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>:

> John Vertical wrote: > > By "loss" I mean the loss of the whole phoneme, while leaving the rest > > of the stops in place. I thought Samoan was the only language completely > > lacking /k/? Also, are there any languages that have deleted /b/ without > > deleting /p/ or /d g/ too? > > 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.
Does the use of the past tense imply that the dialect has died out, or just that it has since carried out the t>k shift? Andreas


Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>