The Wuvulu Velar Obstruent Puzzle Solved Hafford, James 2021-01-13T01:56:20Z 2021-01-13T01:56:20Z 2012-08-01
dc.description.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].
dc.identifier.citation Hafford, James. 2012. The Wuvulu Velar Obstruent Puzzle Solved. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 43(2).
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
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dc.subject linguistics
dc.title The Wuvulu Velar Obstruent Puzzle Solved
prism.volume 2012
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