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ERIC Number: ED347816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
A Note on Hopi Consonant Gradation.
Shaul, David Leedom
In a brief analysis of Hopi consonant gradation, residual exceptions to Heath's generalizations about i-ablaut in Uto-Aztecan languages from Hopi are examined. In Heath's (1977, 1978) reconstruction of Proto-Uto-Aztecan verb morphophonemics, a consonant gradation is reconstructed when a final vowel of a consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel (CVCV) root is ablauted to /i/, a shift that is induced by certain verb derivational suffixes. This note suggests that a -t- or -ts- alternation shifting the final vowel of a CVCV root to "i" leaves some alternating pairs in Hopi. Examples of i-ablauted verb stems in Hopi are shown that conform to Heath's reconstruction, but exceptions are also illustrated. Contains 3 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 12; see FL 020 321.