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Turkana

(Northwest Kenya; Nilo-Saharan, Nilotic)

Summary:
Initial consonants of a sequence of two syllables within a word may metathesize in fast speech.
Examples:
a-kE'mE'r-a
‘mole’ (preferred form)
Na-kE'rE'm-a

Ni-kwaNO'rOmOk-a'
kind of tree (preferred form)
Ni-kwaNOmOrOk-a'
Conditions:
a. Metathesizing consonants share in common the basic phonological feature ‘sonorant’ or ‘obstruent’.
b. Metathesizing consonants are followed by identical vowels.
Motivation:
No information currently available.
Related Information:
No information currently available.
Symbols:
E = mid front unrounded lax vowel
N = velar nasal
O = mid back rounded vowel ('open o')
V' = The syllable to which the vowel with the mark ' belongs has low tone.
(The syllable to which the vowel without the mark ' belongs has high tone.)

Last Updated: 6/19/2007
References:
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