Abstract

In this article we present data on final consonants in Vitu, a Western Oceanic language spoken in West New Britain (PNG). Although Vitu has as a rule lost Proto-Oceanic final consonants, we show that such consonants still emerge in nouns that are inalienably possessed. Surprisingly, a number of nouns that ended in a vowel in Proto-Oceanic also show a final consonant in Vitu. The reason for the introduction of these consonants is unclear.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 43-52
Launched on MUSE
2006-08-02
Open Access
No
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