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By Robert Carlson

ISBN-10: 3110140578

ISBN-13: 9783110140576

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But when stressed IM precedes /a/, both vowels are drawn to each other to produce [ee], as in the following examples. Note that this change is not written in the orthography. (54) Mpi ä jwo... hare PERF say... ' [ηιρβέ] U jiye ä si ä? 3. Neutralization Secondary release induces some variation in certain following vowels. The contrast between Id and /a/ is neutralized after secondary release, though there is some variation in the behavior of individual roots and speakers. Some speakers favor one or the other pronunciation, some use both, and some use a vowel somewhere in between.

Examples with /p/ are: [ρΦϋΟΪ] cf. puni all [P un i] pworo adobe [ρφ^Γο] cf. better [ρφλν3Γθ] cf. G3P [bßw2Ri:] cf. big [bu:qg] cf. boro sack [boro] cf. G3P [b5ri:] Between a labial fricative and a high back vowel, secondary release sounds simply like extra friction. This is simply symbolized here with [w]: (27) fwuu yam [f^u:] cf. fuu burst [fu:] fwoo debt [fwo:] cf. foo owner [fo:] cf. starling With the palatal stops, which are phonetically affricates, secondary release before front vowels is realized as extra length and friction on the [J] or [3], 24 Chapter 2: Phonology symbolized here simply as [:].

Vowels (71) Ku it 39 Ku kan cedga ä. ' kan cedgi ά. DEF to Cedgi ä kare ä kwo. DEF PERF go SC finish Cedqa a kära a kwd. ' U pye ä she NEG PERF Upye a kärä έηά ä? ' kare anf ä? Q As shown here, most vowel-initial clitics begin with /a/. 6 below. The vowels of third person anaphoric pronouns are unstressed, and most of these assimilate as expected (exceptions will be dealt with in the next section): (72) Ku it(G2S) ä ßwo. PERF good => Ka äßwo. ' Li it(G3S) ä β wo. PERF good La ä β wo. 5. Approximant formation When three of the eight anaphoric pronouns precede a vowel-initial clitic, they do not allow the assimilation of their vowels as described above.

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