Discontinuous nasal spread in Yaminahua

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Loos, Eugene E
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Date:
2006
Abstract:

Rachel Walker's (1998) analysis of the universal characteristics of nasal spread provided a unified account of nasal spread that enabled the formulation of predictable spread patterns. The present analysis presents a new type of data not included in Walker's account: Yaminahua (Panoan) diverges significantly from hitherto identified patterns of nasal spread by allowing nasalization to skip over intervening nasalizable segments. By positing nasal autosegments this paper provides a rationale for the Yaminahua exceptions to Walker's universal pattern.

Extent:
20 pages
Subject:
Phonological change
Nasalization
Yaminahua
Peru
Panoan language group
nasal spread
Country:
Peru
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