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Lenakel

(West Central Tanna; Austronesian, South Vanuatu)

Summary:
Given a morpheme which ends in i or u which is followed by a morpheme beginning with he, hI, or ha, h metathesizes to a position preceding i or u.
Examples:
/ai-hapel/
/ahi-pel/
[ahíbEl]
'clean it (pl.)!'
/u-harIg/
/hu-arIg/
v
'close it (pl.)!'
Conditions:
No information currently available.
Motivation:
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Related Information:
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Symbols:
I = mid central vowel (barred 'i')
E = mid central vowel ('schwa')
W = voiceless bilabial glide
A' = stressed low central unrounded vowel
R = flap
N = velar nasal

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