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LINGUIST List 18.774

Tue Mar 13 2007

Qs: Italian Prefix 'ri'; Nasal Perceptual Cues

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        1.    Muriel Norde, Italian Prefix 'ri'
        2.    Zebulon Pischnotte, Nasal Perceptual Cues

Message 1: Italian Prefix 'ri'
Date: 13-Mar-2007
From: Muriel Norde <m.norderug.nl>
Subject: Italian Prefix 'ri'

In a paper from 2004, Haspelmath briefly mentions the development of the
Latin prefix ''re-'' into a flexible prefix ''ri-'' (as in ''ridevo fare''
'I must do it again') as an instance of antigrammaticalization.

Since I am working on a degrammaticalization monograph, I'd be grateful for
any comments on or references to this phenomenon, and will post a summary.

Thanks in advance!
Muriel Norde
University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Haspelmath, Martin. 2004. “On directionality in language change with
particular reference to grammaticalization”. In Fischer, Olga, Muriel Norde
& Harry Perridon (eds) Up and down the cline - the nature of
grammaticalization, 17-44. Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Message 2: Nasal Perceptual Cues
Date: 10-Mar-2007
From: Zebulon Pischnotte <irowstrokehotmail.com>
Subject: Nasal Perceptual Cues

I am working with two dialects of Inupiaq. In one, a velar or uvular
consonant becomes a velar or uvular nasal if it comes into contact with
another nasal; in the other, the velar or uvular consonant will become a
voiced fricative, but not assimilate for nasality. In both dialects, other
places of articulation always assimilate for nasality if they come in
contact with a nasal.

Does anybody know of as study on perceptual confusability between the velar
[ŋ] and the uvular [N], or any other studies that might be relevant to this?

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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