ERIC Number: ED335950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Laminal Sibilants in Chamicuro.
A study examined the phonological status of laminal sibilants in Chamicuro, a Maipuran Arawakan language spoken in the Amazonian lowlands of eastern Peru. The phonemic inventory of these sibilants shows a very strong symmetry of three affricates and three corresponding fricatives. However, when the laminal alveolar fricative is considered, the pattern of distribution becomes more complicated. Specifically, it is very difficult to account for the occurrence of syllable-final laminal alveolar fricatives in a simple and elegant way. Two possible solutions emerge. One is to claim that whenever the phoneme occurs in a syllable-final position it is an allophone of another phoneme. The other involves positing an underlying sequence that coalesces to form the laminal alveolar fricative. The phonological facts examined in this analysis appear to point to the latter explanation. Additional data on other forms that further illustrate the phonological patterns discussed are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: Chamicuro; Fricatives; Peru
Note: In: Work Papers of the 1990 Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session, Volume 34, p59-74, 1990. For collected papers, see FL 019 451.