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04/26/2011

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Lameen

It can't be coincidental that *ali/um 'straw', *asi/uf 'river', *adi/uʔf 'marrow' all end in a bilabial. Can you think of any aCiC roots ending in a non-bilabial that don't participate in this alternation?

I imagine *énβă/er "eyebrow/eyelash" is cognate with the more widespread forms along the lines of anyir meaning "forehead" (I'd need to check the Zenaga correspondences though.)

Awjila is happy to geminate β in intensives. For example, "cadere" (fall):
- aor. iv (regular reflex in Awjila of *ǎnβ, cp. iš "dormire" < *ǎns "spend the night")
- int. i-névvā.

No reflex of "have in common" there, though, that I can find.

PhoeniX

I'm going to have to admit that I had not yet made the connection with 'forehead' (neither did Kossmann), but it's somewhat attractive. But Zénaga poses a problem:
ənäyr pl. ənäyrän 'forehead'.

Also Ghadamès has a cognate, though it's admittedly hard to explain the phonological development.
ēnar pl. ənd-ēnar 'forehead'.

But neither the Ghadamès and Zénaga word can be easily explained as having a PB

Lameen

Oh well - the "forehead" connection was a tempting idea spoiled by the facts, it looks like.

Lameen

Here's one which seems to have *Cv - aneggarvu "last (m. sg.)".

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