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>> The reason I'm curious is that for my Shparress project I intend to
>> shoplift some vocabulary from African languages, and I'll need to
>> turn the clicks in to something else.  I'm looking for a natural
>> precedent to follow.
>I don't really know, though AFMCLs, Long Wer lose its click in an early stage
>of its development, with changes like
>! > q [> k  ] in most dialects
>| > tS > dZ
>And they were lost at the beginning of the words.

Yep this may be a sort of answer for you even though you're asking about
Natlangs. Because Ok lost it's clicks early in it's development also.

The alveolar click turned into T
and the uvular into K


>Ábrahám Zsófia alias Mau Rauszer
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>"Yú lawe ta mau yibali taqe yamissi qi u neb dagu tawiy iq." -- Kipling