Datapoint Berbice Dutch/Geographic variation: phonology

In the lexicon of informants who belong to the Berbice River group, apocope has applied to a number of words, resulting in consonant-final forms where Wiruni Creek speakers have vowel-final forms. Compare: pil and pili 'arrow', birbiʃ and birbiʃi 'river' or 'Berbice River'. Additionally, differences occurred in the forms gui (Berbice River) and gwei (Wiruni Creek) 'throw', and in the 1PL pronoun enʃi (Berbice River) and iʃi (Wiruni Creek).



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