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|Native to||Papua New Guinea|
|Region||Western Highlands Province|
wgi – Mid-Wahgi
whg – North Wahgi
Like other Chimbu languages, Wahgi has some unusual lateral consonants. According to Phillips (1973), Middle Wahgi has three lateral fricatives, all of which are voiceless in final position and optionally but freely voiced between vowels:
- Dental /ɬ̪/ appears as a "voiceless dental fricative lateral with voiceless grooved dental fricative release", [ɬ̪ˢ], as well as voiceless and voiced dental lateral fricatives, [ɬ̪] and [ɮ̪].
- Alveolar /ɬ/ [Incomplete...]
- A velar lateral fricative /ʟ̝̊/ appears as voiceless [ʟ̝̊] and voiced [ʟ̝]. These occur in free variation with a uvular flap [ɢ̆] intervocalically, and with a voiceless affricate [k͡ʟ̝̊]. Before dental and alveolar consonants, it assimilates to alveolar [ɬ].
- Mid-Wahgi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
North Wahgi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Nuclear Wahgi". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "North Wahgi". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Donald Phillips, 1973, Wahgi phonology and morphology, Pacific linguistics B, issue 36, pp 17
- Phillips 1973:59
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