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Query Details

Query Subject:   Q: Language with NO surface glides
Author:   Susannah Levi
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear linguists,

I'm looking for languages that do not have surface glides. In
particular, I'd like to find languages that have hiatus with high
vowels--preferably something like taioka or atia, where gliding to
tajoka/atja is not allowed. If the language appears to have this, bu
it depends on rate of speech, I would also be interested in that.

If you know of such a language (and also a reference) I would
appreciate hearing about it. (I will post a summary if people are

Many thanks,
Susannah Levi

LL Issue: 14.2075
Date posted: 05-Aug-2003


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