Three extreme cases of neutralisation: nasality, retroflexion and lip-rounding in Naxi

Abstract : New data on dialects of Naxi (a Sino-Tibetan language) allow for some progress in the analysis of their phonemic system. The present analyses bear on three contrasts: (i) between oral rhymes /i/, /y/ and /v̩/ and nasal /i ̃/, /y ̃/ and /v̩ ̃/—a contrast which is present in a single dialect, and which partly subsists as a contrast of initial fricatives /h/ and /ç/ in another dialect; (ii) between retroflex and non-retroflex coronal initials; and (iii) between syllables with and without lip-rounding (/ʷ/) after a coronal initial. From a strictly synchronic point of view, these phenomena constitute extreme instances of neutralisation; from a diachronic point of view, their analysis provides some landmarks for reconstruction.
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Cahiers de linguistique - Asie Orientale, 2006, 35(1), pp. 23-55


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Alexis Michaud. Three extreme cases of neutralisation: nasality, retroflexion and lip-rounding in Naxi. Cahiers de linguistique - Asie Orientale, 2006, 35(1), pp. 23-55. <hal-00130120>

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