Lakon is an Oceanic language, spoken on the west coast of [lakɔn] Gaua island in Vanuatu.
Lakon is named after the area where it is spoken, also known as
Lakona Bay, which encompasses the west coast of Gaua. It is sometimes referred to as Lakona (after its name in Mota). Its former dialects include Qatareu ( Qätärew), Vure ( Vurē), Toglatareu, Togla.
Phonology [ edit ]
Lakon has 16
phonemic vowels. These include 8 short /i ɪ ɛ æ a ɔ ʊ u/ and 8 long vowels /iː ɪː ɛː æː aː ɔː ʊː uː/. [3 ]
Historically, the phonemicisation of vowel length originates in the
compensatory lengthening of short vowels when the alveolar trill / r/ was lost syllable-finally. [4 ]
References [ edit ]
Bibliography [ edit ]
François, Alexandre (2005), "Unraveling the history of vowels in seventeen north Vanuatu languages" (PDF), Oceanic Linguistics 44 (2): 443–504, doi: 10.1353/ol.2005.0034
François, Alexandre (2011), "Social ecology and language history in the northern Vanuatu linkage: A tale of divergence and convergence", Journal of Historical Linguistics 1 (2): 175–246, doi: 10.1075/jhl.1.2.03fra .
François, Alexandre (2012), "The dynamics of linguistic diversity: Egalitarian multilingualism and power imbalance among northern Vanuatu languages", International Journal of the Sociology of Language 214: 85–110, doi: 10.1515/ijsl-2012-0022 .
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