Abstract

On the basis of cross-linguistic comparison, many universals have been proposed concerning the structure of phonological inventories. One universal of this kind states that every phonological system has coronal phonemes. In this study, Northwest Mekeo, an Oceanic language of Papua New Guinea, is shown to be a counterexample. Northwest Mekeo lacks coronal phonemes, though surface coronals are found as predictable allophones of velar phonemes, and in some recent loans.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 264-273
Launched on MUSE
2009-07-23
Open Access
No
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