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The Wuvulu Velar Obstruent Puzzle Solved

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Title:The Wuvulu Velar Obstruent Puzzle Solved
Authors:Hafford, James
Date Issued:01 Aug 2012
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Citation:Hafford, James. 2012. The Wuvulu Velar Obstruent Puzzle Solved. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 43(2).
Series:University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
Abstract:Exuberant free variation of the velar obstruents [.], [k], [x], and [.] has been a long-standing puzzle in Wuvulu phonology. Blust (2008) made progress toward a solution by recognizing the allophony of [.] and [x], and by eliminating [.] from the analysis. The present paper claims to complete the solution with two compelling arguments that are crucial to the problem: (1) neither [k] nor /k/ is associated with the velar allophones [x] and [.], and (2) oddly, /r/ is perhaps the best candidate for the phonemic form of the velars. This paper also evaluates Blust’s (2008) correlation of the stricture features of [x] and [.] with the height of adjacent vowels, and suggests that the correlation could be generalized to include /l/ and its allophones [l] and [d].
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