On Wed, 24 Jan 2001, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:

> On Wed, 24 Jan 2001, dirk elzinga wrote:
> > The change you asked about is attested in the Southern Numic
> > languages. There is a curious interplay between [ts] and [tS] in
> > the various languages of this group; Southern Paiute and Ute
> > have both sounds, while Chemehuevi has only [ts]. It seems
> > likely that Chemehuevi represents an older stage with
> > subsequent palatalization of *ts in the other languages. In the
> [snip]
> Thanks for the info.  :-)  Where are these languages spoken, BTW?  I
> confess that if it's not Indo-European or Far East Asian I probably
> haven't heard about most languages.  :-(

The Southern Numic languages are spoken on the plateaus on
either side of the Colorado River from its mouth (Chemehuevi),
through the Grand Canyon (Southern Paiute) on up into Utah and
Colorado (Ute).


Dirk Elzinga                          [log in to unmask]

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has been the undoing of linguists."               - Edward Sapir