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Labialization in Nuuchahnulth

  • John Stonham (a1) and Eun-Sook Kim (a2)
Abstract

In this article we examine the phonetic properties of labialization in Nuuchahnulth, a Southern Wakashan language spoken on Vancouver Island. Given the moribund status of this language, we make use of available archival materials from the early twentieth century along with more recent recordings in order to ascertain the exact nature of the process. Early work on this language was conducted by Edward Sapir, who transcribed data in a more or less phonetic form. A second goal of our paper is to test the accuracy of Sapir's transcriptions. Finally, we examine the characteristics of Nuuchahnulth labialization which mark it as an important typological phenomenon.

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John J. McCarthy 1999. Sympathy and phonological opacity. Phonology 16, 331399.

James D. McCawley 1967. Sapir's phonologic representation. International Journal of American Linguistics 33, 106–11.

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Journal of the International Phonetic Association
  • ISSN: 0025-1003
  • EISSN: 1475-3502
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-the-international-phonetic-association
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