LINGUIST List 12.258

Wed Jan 31 2001

Qs: Compensatory Shortening, Lang Maps on Web

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  1. Todd O'Bryan, Compensatory Shortening?
  2. Laura, Language Maps Avail ????

Message 1: Compensatory Shortening?

Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 06:40:55 -0800
From: Todd O'Bryan <>
Subject: Compensatory Shortening?

Does anyone know of a language in which segments delete (either
synchronically or historically) because of the quality of other segments

To give you some idea of what I'm looking for, my research partner and I are
looking at a group of dialects which had historical gemination, and kept it
if the consonant following the geminate was light (a tap 'r', glides, 't'),
but lost the gemination if the following consonant was heavy (an ejective, a
voiced obstruent). This strikes us as a little odd, so we're wondering if
something like this occurs in other languages.

Please respond directly to me with any information, and thanks a lot.

Todd O'Bryan
UC-San Diego OR
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Message 2: Language Maps Avail ????

Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 06:56:11 -0800
From: Laura <>
Subject: Language Maps Avail ????

Hi! I'm hoping to find world (or just Africa) maps labeled according to
languages spoken. Does anyone know of such a site?

Laura A. Kelly
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