Nueva publicación de la Dra. Analía Gutiérrez en la revista International Journal of American Linguistics

Compartimos con la comunidad la publicación del artículo “A Reanalysis of Nivaĉle k͡l And ɬ: Phonetic, Phonological, and Typological Evidence” de la Dra. Analía Gutiérrez, en la revista International Journal of American Linguistics, Vol. 85, núm. 1 (2019), University of Chicago Press.

Analía Gutiérrez es Ph.D. en Lingüística por University of British Columbia, M.A. en Lingüística por University of South Carolina y Licenciada y Profesora en Letras por la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Investigadora Asistente en la Carrera del Investigador Científico (CIC) del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), actualmente coordina el Área de Investigación del CAICYT-CONICET. Asimismo, se desempeña como docente en el IELSE, IES en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández” y la Universidad de Buenos Aires.


This paper describes and analyzes the typologically unique lateral system of Nivaĉle (Mataguayan). There is no lateral approximant in this language, but rather two lateral obstruents: the lateral fricative /ɬ/ and the complex segment /k͡l/. These two sounds behave differently in terms of both their phonotactic patterning and their morphophonemic alternations; they do not participate in any phonological processes that invoke their lateral articulation as a shared phonologically relevant property. The main proposal advanced here is that /k͡l/ is a complex segment and not an affricate: (i) there is no fricative release and (ii) the sequence of two phases does not agree in voicing. Further, it is hypothesized that the development of /k͡l/ from Proto-Mataguayan *l can be rooted in speech perception factors. Namely, the lateral approximant was realized with a brief stop closure which was misinterpreted as a real stop burst and reanalyzed as /k͡l/.