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Kabardian

(Russia, Turkey; Northwest Caucasian, Circassian)

Summary:
A palatal glide and a following vowel switch order after a non-syllabic segment.
Examples:
/mE-ya/ -->
/m-ya/ -->
[me:y]
wild apple-one of
'wild apple tree'
/da-ya/ -->
/d-ya/ -->
[de:y]
nut-one of
'nut tree'
Conditions:
a. Vowel deletion before a glide onset conditions metathesis.

C V G (G) V --> 1 Ø 3 4 5 G = [-round]
1 2 3 4 5

/mE-ya/ --> /m-ya/ --> [me:y] wild apple-one of 'wild apple tree'
Motivation:
No information currently available.
Related Information:
a. Vowel-coloring by coda: A vowel agrees with a following coda with respect to [back], [high], [round], [low], and [ATR] features.

Fronting
/SEd/ -->
[S3d]
'donkey'
Backing
/baq/ -->
[bAqh]
'cow-shed'
Raising
/zaS/ -->
[z3S]
'(to) be bored, tired'
Rounding
/d3Vw/ -->
[doVw]
'thief'
Rounding and Raising
/t'ak'w/ -->
[t'ok'w]
'small, few, a little'
Symbols:
E = mid central vowel ('schwa')
S = palato-alveolar fricative
3 = front mid lax vowel ('epsilon')
A = low back unrounded vowel
qh = aspirated voiceless uvular stop
Vw = labialized voiced uvular fricative
t' = glottal ejective alveolar stop
k'w = labialized glottal ejective velar stop

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