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In this chapter special attention is given to Yonaguni, a language that has received very little attention, other than by linguists doing primarily synchronic work. The chapter first looks at the consonants of Yonaguni. At present Yonaguni has only three vowels (a, i, u), but more vowels must be posited if one wants to accurately capture the changes that have taken place in the language history of Yonaguni. Thorpe notes that Yonaguni vowels have traversed a definite path on the way to simplification. According to Uchima (1980), there are four classes of verbs in Yonaguni: a monomoraic consonant stem, a polysyllabic consonant stem, a mixed stem, and irregular. Shimabukuro (2007:258) notes that there is no proto-Yonaguni accent, because his data deal with one language: that of Sonai on Yonaguni.

Keywords: consonants; Pre-Yonaguni Vowels; verbs; Yonaguni; Yonaguni Accent



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