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Twana

(East of Puget Sound, Washington; Salishan, Central Salish)

Summary:
a. /?/ and /h/ metathesize in an unstressed syllable with onset or coda consonant of stressed syllable.
b. /y/ optionally metathesizes with a following voiceless consonant.
Examples:
a. When /?/ and /h/ occur in unstressed syllable, they metathesize with onset or coda consonant of stressed syllable.

dE'qhas
--->
dE'hqas
'one'
w?d-wE'daw
--->
wd?-wE'daw
'horns'

b. /y/ optionally metathesizes with a following voiceless consonant.

yS?-yE'Sad
~
Sy?-yESad
'feet'
Conditions:
No information currently available.
Motivation:
No information currently available.
Related Information:
No information currently available.
Symbols:
E = mid central lax vowel ('schwa')
? = voiceless glottal stop
' = stress marker (V' = stressed vowel)
S = voiceless palatal fricative

Last Updated: 6/19/2007
References:
eliabeth hume's home page | OSU Linguistics home page