The Change of rr to dd in Tyare Neo-Aramaic

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The change of a rhotic consonant into a voiced dental one is unique to some dialects of Tyare Neo-Aramaic amongst all other Aramaic and Semitic languages. It is a conditioned change, operating only on the Tyare retroflex rhotic phoneme /l/ and only when the latter is geminated, whereas the two other rhotic phonemes of the Tyare cluster of dialects, alveolar /r/ and emphatic alveolar /r/, are left unaffected. The diachronic background of Tyare ll > dd is discussed after a survey of problematic aspects related to its treatment in previous scholarly works.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-210
Number of pages15
JournalBrill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • Retroflex rhotic phoneme
  • Tyare Neo-Aramaic
  • d-Tyare dialects
  • nena
  • r-Tyare dialects


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