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Nyungar (Nyunga)

(Southwest Australia; Australian, Nyungar)

Summary:
a. The order of CV in some forms in the Northern dialect is the reverse of that in the Southern dialect.
Examples:
a. Comparing Northern and Southern dialect, CV metathesis is attested.

Northern Southern  
janka janak 'devil'
nurrku nurruk 'egg'
Conditions:
No information currently available.
Motivation:
a. Dench (1990): Nyungar words which look like having undergone a metathesis process are the result of two phonological processes, the general loss of final vowels and an epenthetic insertion resyllabifying a non-permissable syllable coda.
Related Information:
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Symbols:
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Last Updated: 6/18/2007
References:
eliabeth hume's home page | OSU Linguistics home page