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ERIC Number: ED461269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 5
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Empty Consonants in Root-Medial Position.
Marlett, Stephen A.
This analysis of verb morphology in Seri finds evidence that empty consonants occur in root-medial position. Analysis focuses on the parallel conjugation patterns of the verbs for "know" and "give," finding an empty consonant slot in the middle of each. This position is never preceded by a consonant, so it never appears as a geminated consonant, but it appears as a glide or as nothing. A distinction is made between long low vowels and sequences of identical short low vowels. It is noted that the data do not provide any more convincing arguments for empty consonant positions than previously presented, but do help document more of what is possible in language. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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