Alderete, Blenkiron & Thompson[edōsdi] (2018) – Series shifts and mergers in the obstruent phonology of Tahltan (Northern Athabaskan)

Series shifts and mergers in the obstruent phonology of Tahltan (Northern Athabaskan)
John Alderete, Amber Blenkiron, Judy C. Thompson[edōsdi]
direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004221
September 2018
A survey was conducted to investigate the development of the Proto-Athabaskan obstruent series, *ts/tš/tšr/k, into present day Tahltan. Results from seven native speakers and quantitative analysis of a larger corpus establish tθ/ts/ts/tš as the standard obstruent system, alongside three alternate systems that relate to independently motivated historical changes. These findings support the long-held view that differences in the obstruent reflexes do not reflect deep phonological differences among Northern Athabaskan languages, but instead represent areal influences and patterns of individual variation in a highly dynamic language network.

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Reference: lingbuzz/004221
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Published in: Linguistic Discovery (to appear)
keywords: sound change, mergers, chain shifts, affricates, obstruents, contact, athabaskan, tahltan, phonology
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