Series shifts and mergers in the obstruent phonology of Tahltan (Northern Athabaskan)
John Alderete, Amber Blenkiron, Judy C. Thompson[edōsdi]
September 2018

A survey was conducted to investigate the development of the Proto-Athabaskan obstruent series, *ts/tš/tšr/k, into present day Tahltan. Results from seven native speakers and quantitative analysis of a larger corpus establish tθ/ts/ts/tš as the standard obstruent system, alongside three alternate systems that relate to independently motivated historical changes. These findings support the long-held view that differences in the obstruent reflexes do not reflect deep phonological differences among Northern Athabaskan languages, but instead represent areal influences and patterns of individual variation in a highly dynamic language network.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004221
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Published in: Linguistic Discovery (to appear)
keywords: sound change, mergers, chain shifts, affricates, obstruents, contact, athabaskan, tahltan, phonology
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