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Re: hello?

From:Hawksinger <hawksinger@...>
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'm
How 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. --=20 Brad Coon listowner battleship-l (home pg. et al.) (outdoor and prim.skills) (wine and whisky pgs) Civilize the mind and make savage the body. (Chinese proverb)