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Query Subject:   Kannada Loanword Phonology
Author:   Diane Abraham
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Subject Language(s):  Holiya
Kurumba, Kannada
Kurumba, Alu
Kurumba, Jennu

Query:   I am a graduate student currently looking into the process of nativization of loanwords from English into Kanada. I have yet to find any research done specifically on the gemination of final obtruents that is found in such loanwords. (For example: Engish 'kit' > Kannada [kittu]. The process is similar to the one which occurs in English loawords borrowed into Japanese. Does anyone know what the current explanation of this gemination is, or what resources might be availble with regards to the phonology/phonetics of Kannada. So far I have only encountered one book on the Kannada language written by S.N. Sridhar.

Any information would be of great help.
Thank you - Diane Abraham
LL Issue: 8.1471
Date posted: 12-Oct-1997


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