Phonotactics and the prestopped velar lateral of Hiw: resolving the ambiguity of a complex segment
Complex segments consisting of two phases are potentially ambivalent as to which phase determines their phonemic status - e.g. whether /tn/ is a stop or a nasal. This theoretical problem is addressed here with respect to a typologically unusual phoneme in Hiw, an endangered Oceanic language of Vanuatu. This complex segment, /gL/, combines a velar voiced stop and a velar lateral approximant. Similar phonemes, in the few languages which have them, have been variously described as (laterally...[Show more]
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