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Quechua (Ayacucho)

(Southwestern Ayacucho region, Peru; Quechuan)

Summary:
a. Two adjacent obstruents or sonorants optionally metathesize.
b. Two non-adjaecnt obstruents or sonorants optionally metathesize.
Examples:
a. Metathesis of adjacent consonants

tapsi- ~ taspi- 'to shake'
warma ~ wamra 'boy, girl'

b. Metathesis of non-adjacent consonants

Cimqi- ~ qimCi- 'to blink, wink'
yuraq ~ ruyaq 'white'
Conditions:
No information currently available.
Motivation:
No information currently available.
Related Information:
No information currently available.
Symbols:
a. Consonants: /p, b, t, d, C, k, g, f, s, h, q, m, n, N, l, L, r, R, w, y/

/b, d, g, f/ occur almost entirely in Spanish loans.
C = voiceless palatal stop
N = palatal nasal
L = palatal lateral
r = flap
R = palatal retroflex spirant

b. Vowels: /i, e, u, o, a/
/e, o/ occur almost entirely in Spanish loans.

c. Stress Stress regularly falls on the penultimate syllable of a word. It may fall on the final syllable of a word.

Last Updated: 6/18/2007
References:
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