A Reanalysis of Wuvulu Phonology

  title={A Reanalysis of Wuvulu Phonology},
  author={Robert Blust},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={275 - 293}
  • R. Blust
  • Published 24 January 2009
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
Wuvulu, a member of the Admiralty branch of the Oceanic subgroup of Austronesian languages, has been reported in earlier publications as having as many as four allophones of the velar stop /k/, all of which appeared to be in free variation. It is now clear that the allophony of /k/ involves both complementation and free variation. Surprisingly, the complementation of velar obstruent allophones is phonetically conditioned, but follows no obvious phonetic principle. Wuvulu thus presents on the… 
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