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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 laterals, 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...]
- Velar /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].
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