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Georgian

(Caucasus mountains; South Caucasian, Georgian)

Summary:
When the reduced thematic suffix '-v' is adjacent to the sonorants, metathesis occurs.
Examples:
The thematic suffix '-av' reduces to '-v' in the masdar (verbal noun). This reduction results in the /v/ being adjacent to a sonorants, leading to metathesis.

k’l + av
k’vla
‘you kill them’
xn + av
xvna
‘you plough them’
jr + av
jvra
‘you set them in motion’

cf.
rva
*vra
‘eight’
tvramet’i
 
‘eighteen’
Conditions:
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Motivation:
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Last Updated: 6/20/2007
References:
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