Abstract

This paper argues for the reconstruction of a rounded velar protophoneme *kw in Proto-Oceanic. This protophoneme occurred, however, in few lexical items. In those reconstructed to date, it always appears before *a and always, with one possible exception, word-initially. The paper concludes with a discussion of the probable status of *kw in Proto-Oceanic.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 25-49
Launched on MUSE
2011-08-03
Open Access
No
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