The Phonemic Structure of Proto-Zapotec

  title={The Phonemic Structure of Proto-Zapotec},
  author={Morris Swadesh},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  pages={220 - 230}
  • M. Swadesh
  • Published 1 October 1947
  • Linguistics
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
0. Though modern varieties of Zapotec differ considerably in their consonant systems, they all agree in showing some sort of weak-strong contrast among obstruents. In the sibilants there are typically strong voiceless fricatives contrasting with weak ones, which are commonly but not necessarily voiced; we find in different dialects s:z, ?: i, 0:d. Other pairs involve a strong voiceless stop or affricate against either a weak stop or a weak spirant, as p:b, t:d, k:g, 6, J. Sets of three have… 

Initial Consonant Clusters in Yateé Zapotec

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On Proto-Zapotec Phonology

  • J. A. Suárez
  • Linguistics
    International Journal of American Linguistics
  • 1973
0. A first approximation to pZ was made by Swadesh (1947) on the basis of a small corpus: c. 90 glosses in four Zapotec languages and some data from Chatino. In spite of its insightfulness, the

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Proto-Zapotec *tty/*ty and *ttz/*tz

  • N. Operstein
  • Linguistics
    International Journal of American Linguistics
  • 2012
This study is the first comprehensive historical and comparative treatment of *tty, *ty, *ttz, and *tz in all known subgroups of Zapotec. The study identifies the main changes affecting these

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