A sketch grammar of Satawalese : the language of Satawal by Kevin M Roddy

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Satawalese has two of these. 4 Affricate An affricate begins the articulation as a stop, and as it is released, it causes a turbulent noisy airflow. / - post-alveolar! "#$ ‘neat, tidy’ I could not find a minimal pair for this sound with /s/. 5 Nasals Nasal consonant sounds are produced with the soft palate lowered to allow an audible escape of air through the nose (Crystal 2003, 307). /0 is an allophone of /n/, since either can be used in a word with no change in meaning, a phenomenon known as free variation (Jackson 1983, 163).

The primary purpose of the List is to spellcheck vernacular texts developed and disseminated to schools in Yap State. $K) 41 [k], and [x] interchangeably, while others have their own preferences. A degree of variation is to be expected in a region with extensive dialect mixing. The McCoys acknowledged spelling variations appearing in their word list and cited an individual’s “travel background” or “the part of the village from which he or she comes” as reasons for variation. 6 The current orthography The development of a useful Satawalese orthography was not unlike the development of orthographies for other Micronesian languages.

I observed an interesting innovation in Satawalese orthography involving personal names and the letters l and n. '4'-], or a Satawalese woman pronounces her name Nemoinug, but writes it Lemoilug. B37C6,'-/. Note here that the geminate r is written as ch. I am uncertain why this occurs in Satawalese. In Woleaian, there is a rule that when an r is doubled (to form the progressive state of the verb, for example) rr becomes ch (Sohn and Tawerilmang 1976, 15). 43 CHAPTER 4 Morphology This chapter discusses how words are formed in Satawalese.

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