Kiput Historical Phonology

  title={Kiput Historical Phonology},
  author={Robert Blust},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={384 - 438}
  • R. Blust
  • Published 2 January 2002
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
The languages of northern Sarawak are noteworthy for their unusual phonological histories. Even among these, Kiput is exceptional. All North Sarawak languages reflect a split of the Proto-Austronesian voiced obstruents into a series of plain voiced obstruents and a parallel series of phonemic voiced aspirates, and most of the same languages have fronted low vowels after a voiced obstruent, or have developed systems of verbal ablaut from the infixes *-um- and *-in-. On top of these widely shared… 

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