|From:||Danny Wier <dawiertx@...>|
|Date:||Friday, March 26, 2004, 13:50|
There is or may be a reconstruction of the Inuktitut-Inupiaq, or 'Eskimo'
branch of this family, or at least the phonology, but has anyone made any
headway on reconstructing the entire family, including Aleut, and has it
been published yet? Anything online I could look at right now?
In the book I have, Proto-Eskimo (as it's called) has this set of phonemes
(I'm doing this from memory because I've misplaced that book).
p t c k q
v D j G R
m n N
a @ i u
This does not account for long consonants and vowels, voiceless nasals and
semivowels in Yupik and Aleut, the rare uvular nasal in at least one Inuit
dialect, etc. which probably developed later.