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Query Subject:   Consonant Harmony in Adult Speech
Author:   Dan Everett
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Folks,

Does anyone know of clear cases of Consonant Harmony occurring in
adult speech?

Some researchers have observed CH in L1 acquisition data, but others
have claimed that it cannot appear in adult speech. I reported on an
apparent case in: 1985 'Syllable Weight, Sloppy Phonemes, and Channels
in Pirahã Discourse,' In: Mary Niepokuj et.al. (eds.) Proceedings of
the Berkeley Linguistics Society 11, pp 408-416.

In child language acquisition cases might look like: [mom] for German
/Baum/ or [guk] for /buk/ 'book', etc. In Piraha it looks like ?apapai
'head' ~ ?a?a?ai 'head' (?=glottal); Kohoi 'name' ~ Kokoi, etc.

I will post a summary (if there are any responses!).

Best,

Dan Evere


LL Issue: 13.1616
Date posted: 06-Jun-2002



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