assignment 9 - Languages of the World 103:055 Fall 2009...

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Languages of the World 103:055 Fall 2009 Homework assignment 9 (due December 3) Answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper. Please type or write legibly Part I. Consider the following consonant inventory from Efik, a Niger-Congo language spoken by about 400,000 people in Nigeria. Identify at least three ways in which the consonant inventory is consistent with the common patterns found in the world’s languages, and at least three ways in which the inventory is unusual. (A one-word answer such as “nasals” or “fricatives” will be insufficient to earn credit. Your answers should be similar to this in form: “Efik resembles many of the world’s languages in having at least one alveolar stop [t].” In other words, identify the property you’re talking about and make it clear why you’re identifying this property as either common or unusual.) labial labio-dental alveolar palatal velar vl. stop t k vd. stop b d vl. fricative f s nasal m n vd. glide j w Part II. Consider the following consonant inventory from Burarra, an Australian aboriginal language
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