Hiw (hiww1237-1)

François, Alexandre. Phonotactics and the prestopped velar lateral in Hiw: Resolving the ambiguity of a complex segment. 2010. hh:phon:Francois:Hiw

Consonants (14)

p t k
β s ɣ
m n ŋ ŋʷ
j w

Vowels (9)

i ʉ
e ə ɵ o


The velar lateral affricate patterns as a prestopped approximant, and is from Proto-North Central Vanuatu *r.

/w/ is consistently notated as /w/ [w], but it patterns as if it were /ɣʷ/, so this is included here as an alternate form.

Allophonic rules