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By Ian J. Press

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There are, however, exceptions. And here it is even more a case of giving a word list. 92-4, #143; Desbordes in 1983, pp. 4 in Chapter 5. ) (b) phrasal verbs: ober vad "(to) benefit" (lit. "(to) do good"; mad): ober van "(to) feign" (*man). , daou dra vat (NUM NM AJ) "two good things" (not djyj). Tu "side" may behave similarly. (d) pet? " (+ SG) and all numbers except yi "a(n)", tri/teir "three" pevar/peder "four", pemp "five", nav "nine", mil "thousand" mutate bloaz "year" (M) to vloaz. (e) re.

With /rr/-/r/ we seem to have a final lenis, even when n is written. The preceding vowel, if stressed, is long. Absolute word-initially, however, there is fortis /rr/ (with the same situation regarding the articles: ai/ux). Intervocalically, after stress, the opposition seems to be maintained: heran f 'bbe:ra1 " ( t o ) drip" - berran 'bberrä] (SUP) ( F a l c ' h u n in 1951, p . 4 9 ; a d a p t e d ) The vibrant(s) are pronounced as an alveolar trill or as a uvular fricative, depending on local usage.

Intervocalically we have mainly [v], with the occasional [vh]: compare livafi [Ίίκνά] "(to) paint" - evan ['e:vha] "(to) drink". The consonant [vh] is relatively less lenis than [v]. 33 sees the three labio-dentals in a Lower Leon inhabitant's avec neuf hommes forts "with nine strong men". One might see [vh] as a weakly voiced [v]. ) There is less justification for /s/-/z/. g. §χ sac'h [ar'za:r] "the sack" (M). One would normally expect [z] here only if the noun was feminine. g. g. e kanes "you sang" (PRC IMF2PSG); usually here there is z or zL with frequent loss of the consonant in the sequence -£2).

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