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Hua

(Eastern Highlands of New Guinea; Trans-New Guinea, Kamano-Yagaria)

Summary:
Two adjacent consonants optionally metathesize.
Examples:
aigmeroga
~
aimgeroga
'dung heap'
ormi-
~
omri-
'come down'
pkai-
~
kpai-
'grow, nurture, develop'

The form on the left is more common.
Conditions:
Editor's notes:
All of the examples provided in Haiman (1980) involve a labial consonant, i.e. [v, m, b, p], next to a non-homorganic consonant.
All consonants involved are immediately adjacent to one another.
Motivation:
Editor's notes: It is interesting to note that when one of two metathesizing consonants is a sonorant and the other is an obstruent, the order obstruent + sonorant is more common. In all of the examples provided by Haiman, of which a subset appear above, the obstruent/sonorant sequence occurs between vowels. Sequences of two sonorants or two obstruents can appear intervocalically or at the beginning of a word. In cases in which both consonants share the same manner of articulation, the order in which the consonants appear doesn't, at this point, seem predictable.
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Last Updated: 6/20/2007
References:
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