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Elsewhere in the phonology (again, apart from loan words) [j] was found to be caused by glidal emergence between two vowels when the first vowel of the sequence is /i/. The indirect causative stem -(उ)वा /-(u)wa/ [-(u)wæ] 'ICAUS' must be considered an exception to this rule however, on comparative grounds. That is, due to comparison with Hindi and Maithili, the approximant /w/ is deemed phonemic, while the vowel [u] is regarded as epenthetic. 4 Syllable structure and CC-clusters The following syllable structures were encountered: Table 9.
Word-final sonorant + h components have been encountered in an imperative construction of verbs and certain nouns. One could argue for a sequence interpretation on grounds of distribution, but then words such as examples 7 and 8 in Table 11 would prove problematic. CV, neither of which fit the syllable structure of the language (cf. illegal σ-structure). CV (cf. proposed σ-structure). 1 for further discussion on verb inflection following CC-final stems. 1, though there is no evidence for contrastive nasalisation in Rājbanshi, nasalisation is frequent in speech.
CV (cf. proposed σ-structure). 1 for further discussion on verb inflection following CC-final stems. 1, though there is no evidence for contrastive nasalisation in Rājbanshi, nasalisation is frequent in speech. Conditioned nasalisation is found in two instances. Firstly, anticipatory assimilation can occur on vowels which precede nasal consonants, for example, in the words बान /bæn̪/ [bæ̃ ːn̪] 'arrow' and लङ /lʌŋ/ [lʌ̃ˑŋ] 'finger nail' and नुन /n̪un̪/ [n̪ũn̪] 'salt'. 32 2. Phonology Secondly, it is found on vowels in closed syllables which have a nasal onset and obstruent coda, as in the words मँत /mʌt ̪/ [mʌ̃t ̪] 'liquor' and नाद /n̪æd̪/ [n̪æ̃ d]̪ 'feeding_trough'.