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Tagalog

(Philippines; Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian)

Summary:
When two consonants are adjacent as the result of vowel elision following suffixation of -an, -in, metathesize occurs in some cases.
Examples:
a. Schachter and Otanes (1972)

átip
‘thatch’
aptín, aptán (also used: atipin/an)
silíd
‘put in’
sidlán
taním
‘sow’
tamnán

b. Blake (1925)

bílin
‘commend, commit’
binlán
habílin
‘deposit’
habinlán

cf. No metathesis:

kalabit
‘tap with fingertip’
kalbitin
tamit
‘obtain’
tamtan, tamtin
bukas
‘open’
buksan
Conditions:
Elision of vowel following suffixation of -an, -in inflectional suffix (forming transitive or intransitive verbs).
Motivation:
No information currently available.
Related Information:
/d/ is generally changed into [r] intervocalically (Blake 1925).

dami
‘much’
caramihan
*cadamihan
‘majority’
Symbols:
No information currently available.

Last Updated: 6/19/2007
References:
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