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Quileute

(Pacific side of Olympic Peninsula in Washington; Chimakuan)

Summary:
Proto-Chimakuan root-initial and root-final consonants underwent metathesis across an intervening vowel in Quileute.
Examples:
Proto-Chimakuan Quileute  
*l'ay- ya?l- 'near, toward'
*m'as- si?b- 'to smell, nose'
Conditions:
No information currently available.
Motivation:
Borrowing (Mielke & Hume 2000): Quileute roots that are reported to have undergone metathesis have corresponding roots in Salish languages. This may suggest that the existence of apparently metathesized forms in the language results from multiple borrowings rather than metathesis.
Related Information:
Proto-Chimakuan *m' corresponds to b or ?b in Quileute.

Proto-Chimakuan Quileute  
*m'as- -bas 'to lift, heavy'
*m'aL- Li?b- 'to sleep'
Symbols:
? = glottal stop
l' = glottalized lateral
m' = glottalized bilabial nasal
L = voiceless lateral

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