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The change from labial to palatal as glide hardening

Nicoleta Bateman
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This article analyzes cases of labial palatalization wherein a labial shifts its major place of articulation to a palatal, as in Romanian and Tswana. These cases are situated within a typological study of palatalization, and it is argued, based on diachronic evidence, that they arose not through direct palatalization of the labial, but through a series of sound changes that affected a palatal glide following the labial. An articulatory account of palatalization is argued to offer the best explanation for the rarity of such cases of labial palatalization.

Correspondence address: Liberal Studies Department, California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001, U.S.A.; e-mail:

Received: 2009-08-05
Revised: 2010-08-18
Published Online: 2010-11-04
Published in Print: 2010-October

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