Abstract

Hajek and Bowden (Oceanic Linguistics 41:222-224) report on the unusual ejective series in Waimoa, an Austronesian language of East Timor. I argue that, while phonetically odd, it is not a phonological oddity to find ejectives in an Austronesian language, especially not one in the Timor region. A possible historical pathway for the genesis of the ejectives is proposed, and some questions are raised about the acoustic nature of ejectives and about their phonological representation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 213-217
Launched on MUSE
2003-06-24
Open Access
No
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