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Betreft: Re: k(w)->p

From:Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 26, 2000, 14:33
An example of the other way round (p>k_w) is in Iroquoian
Languages (they lack bilabial stops & nasals):
penny -> k_we:ni   etc.

>>> Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...> 01/26 3:21 >>>
On Wed, 26 Jan 2000 08:07:14 -0500, Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> wrote:
>Paul Bennett wrote: >> k_w -> x_w -> W -> p\ -> p >> >> As to why the initial velar weakened in the first place, I leave that as
>> excersize for the reader, > >Is it a property of other voiceless stops? Does /t/ become /s/ or /T/? >If it's just in /k_w/ that the fricative weakens, it would seem pretty >odd to me.
Why? You even needn't have /k/ > /x/. E. g.: /k_w/ > /q_w/ (uvular) > ... oh, you can do funny things with uvulars then ;) In general, it seems that labials and velars/uvulars get fricativized easier than dentals (Japanese, Tungus-Manchu, etc.). Basilius