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Anong is a language that has retained much of its original Tibeto- Burman character. Its sound system shows remnants of its originally more complex consonant clusters , although they are now considerably simplified. Anong is disappearing step-by-step, as it undergoes extensive phonological change. This chapter portrays the changes, with the details laid out, discusses the patterns, and analyzes the causes where possible. The base line for the phonological system given in this grammatical sketch is based on the most conservative data collected in 1995. Anong has 47 single initial consonants, 10 simple vowels, 16 complex vowels, 48 vowel + coda combinations, and 4 syllabic nasals. The chapter illustrates the five tones of anong with examples. Although the tones display variation including some tone sandhi , no clear systematic patterns can be established and the variation is unstable.

Keywords: Anong; consonant clusters; initial consonants; phonological change; Phonology; Tibeto- Burman character; tone sandhi



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