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Pawnee

(Northern Central Oklahoma; Caddoan, Pawnee-Kitsai)

Summary:
The sequence /r+h/ is realized as [hr].
Examples:
/ti + ur + he:r/ ---> tuhre 'he is good'
/ti + ir + hisask + :hus/ ---> tihrisasku 'he is called'
/ti + ur + ha:k + ca/ ---> tuhrakca 'a tree is standing'
Conditions:
No information currently available.
Motivation:
[Editor's note] An /h/ does not occur after /r/ or any other consonant in the language. Metathesis serves as a repair strategy to avoid an otherwise ill-formed sequence.
Related Information:
a. Laryngeal 'h' loss: /h/ is deleted after a consonant.
/ta + t + hihitk + hus/ --> tatihitku 'I'm spreading it'

b. /h/ can occur after a consonant, except in word-initial position, e.g. [ahkawiu?] 'cliff'.
In a final cluster, if the first segment is /h/, the following one is any obstruent except /s/ and /p/.
Symbols:
No information currently available.

Last Updated: 6/18/2007
References:
eliabeth hume's home page | OSU Linguistics home page