Voiceless nasals in Welsh

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Welsh is described as having two series of nasals, a voiced series [m, n, n], and a voiceless series, transcribed as [m, n, n)] or [mh, nh, r)h]. In this paper, I give a synchronic analysis of the nasals and argue that the second series are phonologically sequences of a nasal followed by [h], I.e. [mh, nh, nh]. Moreover, I show that the properties and distribution of these consonants all follow from this assumption. The argument for the analysis comes from: phonetics, the distribution of the mutation system, syllabification, the distribution of [h], poetry, and dialect data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-60
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Celtic Linguistics
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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