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(Luzon, Philippines; Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian)

Metathesis occurs when a laryngeal would otherwise occur in preconsonantal position. Two laryngeals also metathesize, with the stop occurring in prevocalic position.
Input Output Gloss Expected output (without metathesis)
?i + hIgIp ?ighIp ‘bring in’ *?ihgIp
ma + hIdIm madhIm ‘night’ *mahdIm
CV(Red) + ?opat ?op?at ‘four each’ *?o?pat
CV(Red) + ?InIm ?In?Im ‘six each’ *?I?nIm
ma + ha?al mah?al ‘choke’ *ma?hal

Nb. Red = reduplicant
a. When a laryngeal is not the first member of the heteromorphemic consonant cluster formed by affixation and vowel loss, metathesis fails to apply.

b. When a laryngeal fricative and stop are the first and the second member of the cluster, metathesis fails to apply.

ma + ha?al
‘put to bed’
Maximizing the perceptual salience of laryngeals and contrast betweenlaryngeals and other sounds (Hume 1997): When two laryngeals are involved, the contrast between the two laryngeals is enhanced by placing the weaker glottal stop in prevocalic position where the burst is more salient.
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I = high central unrounded vowel
E = mid central unrounded vowel
? = glottal stop
N = velar nasal consonant

Last Updated: 6/20/2007
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