Bonmann, Svenja ORCID: 0000-0002-4005-7891, Fries, Simon ORCID: 0000-0002-3865-9914, Korobzow, Natalie ORCID: 0000-0002-2814-2081, Günther, Laura ORCID: 0009-0007-0301-9865 and Hill, Eugen ORCID: 0000-0002-2252-0520 (2023). Towards a New Reconstruction of the Proto-Yeniseian Sound System. Part I: Word-Initial Consonants. International Journal of Eurasian Linguistics, 5 (1). pp. 39-82. Brill. ISSN 2589-8825 (print) ; 2589-8833 (online)

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We present correspondence sets involving word-initial consonants and including all known members of the Yeniseian language family. The data can be used for a systematic application of the comparative method, implying both the reconstruction of proto-phonemes and subsequent phylogenetic research questions (intrafamilial subdivisions among the Yeniseian languages according to shared phonological innovations). Key findings include (I) the discovery of an isogloss which separates Ket, Yugh and Pumpokol from Kott, Assan and Arin in terms of word-initial labial and dental plosives (voiced in the former group, voiceless in the other) and (II) the inference that Proto-Yeniseian (PY), i.e., the last common ancestor of all Yeniseian languages, probably had a two-layered system of plain voiced and plain voiceless stops. We do not see evidence for the postulation of lateral affricates. In addition, there are three correspondences of sibilants and uvulars, respectively, but we cannot, as yet, plausibly posit proto-phonemes in these cases.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-707730
DOI: 10.1163/25898833-20230037
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Eurasian Linguistics
Volume: 5
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 39-82
Date: 2023
Publisher: Brill
ISSN: 2589-8825 (print) ; 2589-8833 (online)
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 1: Kunstgeschichte, Musikwissenschaft, Medienkultur und Theater, Linguistik, IDH > Institut für Linguistik > Historisch-Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
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Uncontrolled Keywords:
Yeniseian, Proto-Yeniseian, correspondence sets, comparative method, linguistic reconstructionEnglish
Refereed: Yes


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