Vowel–Sonorant Metathesis in Alsea

  title={Vowel–Sonorant Metathesis in Alsea},
  author={Eugene Buckley},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  pages={1 - 39}
  • Eugene Buckley
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
Stems in Alsea exhibit pervasive alternations involving the root vowel, which may be present or absent (/cx̣wat/, /cx̣wt/ ‘fight’). Stems with a medial sonorant consonant have an additional form, in which the order of the consonant and vowel is reversed by metathesis (/tmus/, /tums/, /tms/ ‘close’). The central goal of this paper is to describe and analyze this metathesis and its relation to syllable structure in Alsea, with connections to patterns in other languages. At the same time, the… Expand
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