Palauan Historical Phonology: Whence the Intrusive Velar Nasal?

@article{Blust2009PalauanHP,
  title={Palauan Historical Phonology: Whence the Intrusive Velar Nasal?},
  author={Robert Blust},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  year={2009},
  volume={48},
  pages={307 - 336}
}
  • R. Blust
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
One of the more striking features in the historical phonology of Palauan is the addition of a velar nasal before word-initial vowels. Because final vowels were unstressed, and almost always disappeared, it is difficult to determine whether a velar nasal would also have been added after final vowels had they been retained. However, a number of loanwords, mostly from Spanish and English, show the addition of a velar nasal after word-final vowels. The change in native vocabulary is exceptionless… 

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