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Re: linguo-labials

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Thursday, July 18, 2002, 3:33
Quoting Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>:

> Matthew Butt wrote: > > > > further to my previous post: > > > > what about this as a a consonant series {: > > > > labio-dental > > bilabial > > linguo-labial > > linguo-dental > > (apico-)alveolar > > retroflex > > No velars? Interesting. It seems implausible, at least, if your > language is spoken by humans. Of course, if it's not, then by all > means, go ahead. :-)
Yeah, it is a bit odd. Often languages that lose velars will recreate them when phonological sound changes eliminate them. This happened in Arapaho, where Proto-Algonkian *k was lost everywhere, while /p/ later shifts to /k/, and /S/ shifts to /x/ (among numerous other changes). ===================================================================== Thomas Wier "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers