|Date:||Friday, March 26, 1999, 21:51|
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'mHow about maybe? When I was reconstructing Proto-Wakashan roots for
my thesis, there were a number of forms that were identical except that
Northern Wakashan lgs had *l (or any of several other laterals) and a
Southern Wakashan lg, Nootka, had *n. I could not make a good case for
either being correct and finally dropped them from my work. I vaguely=20
recall that there is some correspondence between Kutenai /n/ and
Salishan lgs /l/ (although this also requires you to accept Morgan's
work relating the two as I do).
As for l > n, it may have occurred in Uto-Aztecan where IF there is=20
a *l, in some Takic forms (Luise=F1o I believe), it went to /n/.
Best I can do off the top of my head, I know that there are some
odd quasi-cognates with n/l alternation in many parts of the Americas.
http://www.ipfw.indiana.edu/east1/coon/web/index.htm (home pg. et al.)
http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Gorge/7264 (outdoor and prim.skills)
http://members.tripod.com/~Hawksinger (wine and whisky pgs)
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