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Affricate ! ! Nasal ))))))),)) ))))))),*+) ! ) - Liquid ) ! ! Glide ) 4) Post-alveolar Retroflex Palatal Velar ! ! /) (0)) ! ! "#))! ) ! ) ) ) ) 3 ! ! Fricative 1) Alveolar 2) ! ) ! ) ! % ) ! ) ) ! ) 5) ! , lips or tongue), so the air cannot escape through the nose or mouth. /, and ///. All stops in Satawalese are unaspirated8. g. ’ 7 Phonetic variants of a phoneme which share a similar quality to the original sound, but are slightly different due to the phonetic environment or position in the word.

Fricative 1) Alveolar 2) ! ) ! ) ! % ) ! ) ) ! ) 5) ! , lips or tongue), so the air cannot escape through the nose or mouth. /, and ///. All stops in Satawalese are unaspirated8. g. ’ 7 Phonetic variants of a phoneme which share a similar quality to the original sound, but are slightly different due to the phonetic environment or position in the word. 8 Aspiration refers to the strong puff of air that follows voiced and voiceless stops when the sound is released. :] ‘Saturday’ ! $ ‘to hunt, search for’ #%# - velar //9/<6$ ‘laugh’ //A/A$ ‘to tie’ /,92"/$)‘afraid’ (/g/) I have enclosed this sound in parentheses in the phonemic inventory to distinguish it from the other “established” phonemes in the inventory.

All the islands west of Satawal in the chain were Christianized prior to World War II, but there were virtually no writings done in the local language, to my knowledge. This would mean that it would be rather unlikely that reading materials in their own language would have reached Satawal before WWII. When Father William Walter was made pastor of the outer islands of Yap about 1940, he catechized Lamotrek and Satawal almost immediately. I don’t know what writings he would have brought them since there was almost nothing in their language at the time.

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