Unraveling the History of the Vowels of Seventeen Northern Vanuatu Languages

  title={Unraveling the History of the Vowels of Seventeen Northern Vanuatu Languages},
  author={Alexandre François},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={443 - 504}
  • A. François
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Oceanic Linguistics
Data collected on the 17 languages spoken in the Banks and Torres Islands (northern Vanuatu) reveal strikingly diverse vowel systems, differing both in the quality and the quantity of their phonemes. Except for Mota, which still perpetuates the five vowels of Proto-Oceanic, the languages of this area have historically increased their inventories to as many as 13 and even 16 vowels. The aim of this paper is to track the systematic correspondences between modern languages and their common… 

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