Velar Consonants


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Velar Consonants

 

post-palatals, consonants formed by raising the back part of the dorsum of the tongue to the back (soft) palate or to the back part of the hard palate (Russian g, k).


Velar Consonants

 

consonants formed by raising the back part of the tongue to the soft palate. Obstruent (in Russian, k, g) and fricative (in Russian, kh) velar consonants are distinguished according to the means by which the exhaled air stream is blocked.

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Ruiz de Bravo Ahuja (1980) and Crawford (1984) mention backed vowel allophones before velar consonants in Tlahuitoltepec Mixe and Totontepec Mixe respectively.
6 - MK) "The above phonetic explanation of i-mutation can hardly be refuted since velar consonants [k, g] in intervocalic position must have been influenced by the mutation-causing segments ..." (Welna 1987: 60).
I agree with the author that the labiovelars are phonemic and did not necessarily develop "from plain velar consonants in the presence of rounded vowels o, u." Cushitic influence should not be excluded.