*t to k: An Austronesian Sound Change Revisited

@article{Blust2004tTK,
  title={*t to k: An Austronesian Sound Change Revisited},
  author={Robert Blust},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  year={2004},
  volume={43},
  pages={365 - 410}
}
  • Robert Blust
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
Although the change of *t to k in Hawaiian has been known and commented on for over 150 years, the widespread driftlike character of this development within Austronesian as a whole has generally gone unappreciated. This paper examines 20 historically independent instances of a *t > k change in at least 43 languages. Twelve of these changes are confined to Oceanic languages, seven to languages of eastern Indonesia, and one to western Indonesia. Almost without exception, the change *t > k has… 

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