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Nasal and prenasalized consonants in the evolution of phonological systems

Abstract : The purpose of this paper is to bring out the panchronic conditions governing the evolution from nasal consonants to oral consonants. In languages with nasal vowels, there can be (i) a carry-over of orality into a following consonant: *am>abm (and *ãm>am), or (ii) an anticipation of orality into a preceding consonant: *ma>mba (and mã>ma). [This is a translation of: Consonnes nasales et demi-nasales dans l’évolution des systèmes phonologiques, Actes du Xe Congrès international des linguistes [Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Linguists], 105-108. Bucarest: Editions de l’Académie de la République Socialiste de Roumanie [Publishing house of the Academy of the Socialist Republic of Romania] (1970).]
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André-Georges Haudricourt. Nasal and prenasalized consonants in the evolution of phonological systems. 2017. ⟨halshs-01631485⟩

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