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Some Notes on the Proto-Austronesian Words for 'Water'

Some Notes on the Proto-Austronesian Words for 'Water' Dempwolff's reconstructiion of *wayeR 'water' is reviewed. The meaning 'fresh water' is suggested. The initial *w may have been dialectally distributed with a probably older *kw. Chamorro's treatment of *w is formulated and its relevance to the evidence for *kw is challenged. The articulation of *R may have not been a velar spirant in all PAn dialects in view of the agreement of Bonfia, Palauan, and Yapese on sibilance. In some dialects there may have been a paragogic vowel after the *R and that vowel itself may have been followed by a glottal stop. Finally, evidence for a medial *S has been found. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Some Notes on the Proto-Austronesian Words for 'Water'

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 44 (1) – Jul 8, 2005

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Abstract

Dempwolff's reconstructiion of *wayeR 'water' is reviewed. The meaning 'fresh water' is suggested. The initial *w may have been dialectally distributed with a probably older *kw. Chamorro's treatment of *w is formulated and its relevance to the evidence for *kw is challenged. The articulation of *R may have not been a velar spirant in all PAn dialects in view of the agreement of Bonfia, Palauan, and Yapese on sibilance. In some dialects there may have been a paragogic vowel after the *R and that vowel itself may have been followed by a glottal stop. Finally, evidence for a medial *S has been found.

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 8, 2005

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