When a Sangir word or prefix ends in a vowel, a following b, d, l or g is weakened to respectively w, r, ḷ (retroflexed l) and gh (velar fricative). This lenition occurs across word boundaries and across morpheme boundaries, but not within roots. The orthography recommendation is to write weakened forms across morpheme boundaries and strong forms across word boundaries.
Sulang Language Data and Working Papers: Phonology and Orthography Descriptions
Sulawesi Language Alliance
Table of Contents:
Description of lenition in Sangir; Word rule versus phrase rule; Implications for orthography; Recommendations for testing; Conclusion thus far; References;
Version 1 [16 September 2010] This paper initially prepared in August 2007 as part of a course assignment; revised for publication September 2010.
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