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LINGUIST List 22.85

Wed Jan 05 2011

Qs: Velarisation/Pharyngealisation of Laterals

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        1.     Daniela Müller , Velarisation/Pharyngealisation of Laterals

Message 1: Velarisation/Pharyngealisation of Laterals
Date: 30-Dec-2010
From: Daniela Müller <daniela.mulleruniv-tlse2.fr>
Subject: Velarisation/Pharyngealisation of Laterals
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Dear LINGUIST List members,

I am compiling examples of /l/-velarisation or -pharyngealisation, i.e. an
evolution of the lateral to any kind of velar/uvular/pharyngeal or labial
approximant, fricative or stop, or to a back or low vowel, in any position
of the word. The probably most well-known example of this sound
change would be the ongoing vocalisation of syllable-final /l/ in English.

I have ample evidence for this phenomenon from a wide variety of Indo-
European languages, but haven’t found anything so far about
languages from outside the Indo-European family, so I was wondering
whether anyone knows about this process in a non-Indo-European
language.

This research is for my thesis, so any help would be appreciated. Of
course, I will post a summary with any answers I get.

Best regards,

Daniela Müller

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
                            Phonology

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