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Chimakuan/Chimakum

(Western Washington (now extinct); Chimakuan)

Summary:
Proto-Chimakuan root-initial and root-final consonants underwent metathesis across an intervening vowel in Chimakum.
Examples:
Proto-Chimakuan Chimakum  
*m'as- sam 'to lift, heavy'
*m'aq- qa?m- 'beyond'
Conditions:
No information currently available.
Motivation:
Borrowing (Mielke & Hume 2000): The fact that Chimakum roots that are reported to have undergone metathesis have corresponding roots in Salish languages suggests that the existence of apparently metathesized forms in the language may be the result of multiple borrowing rather than metathesis.
Related Information:
No information currently available.
Symbols:
? = glottal stop
q = voiceless uvular stop
m' = glottalized bilabial nasal

Last Updated: 6/20/2007
References:
eliabeth hume's home page | OSU Linguistics home page