|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Friday, March 26, 1999, 6:03|
Danny Wier wrote:
> By the way, how many natlang examples can be found of the shift n > l?
> I can think of Afro-Asiatic, where Egyptian n often corresponds to
> Semitic l, and maybe cases in Latin where there's assimilation.
I've read of an African language (Yoruba?) wherein [n] and [l] are
allophones, the rules being that [n] is used before nasal vowels, and
[l] before oral vowels.
> it's more like a nasalized retroflex lateral (!).
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