- Language Family
Noun-class prefixes reconstructed as *i- and *u- cause the root-initial consonant to be palatalized or labialized. In Aghem, the class 3 noun prefix *u- is synchronically realized as o- and a labial glide infix -w-.
Type(s) of metathesis
|a. CV||Diachronic||Obligatory||Adjacent||Between root and prefix|
Case types and qualities
- High back rounded
Takes place in the class 3 noun prefix synchronically in Aghem.
Blevins and Garrett (1998) attributes this process to "the resegmentation of elongated palatalizationa nd labialization phases, an extreme version of the common type of change where high-vowel loss results in distinctive secondary articulations on adjacent consonants" (Blevins and Garrett 1998: 514).
V́ = high tone
V̀ = low tone
V́̀ = falling tone
Blevins, Juliette, and Andrew Garrett. 1998. The origins of consonant-vowel metathesis. Language 74.3 (September): 508–556. doi:10.2307/417792