A sketch of muniche segmental and prosodic phonology

Lev Michael, Stephanie Farmer, Gregory Finley, Christine Beier, Karina Sullon Acosta

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This paper presents a description of the segmental and prosodic phonology of Muniche, a critically endangered Peruvian Amazonian isolate. Using data from team-based fieldwork with a group of rememberers of Muniche, this paper describes the segmental inventory, syllable structure, and stress system of the language, plus a number of prosodically motivated epenthetic processes. A historical overview of the language and its contact with neighboring Kawapanan languages is also presented. Finally, the results of this study are compared with Gibson (1996), the sole previous study of Muniche phonology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-347
Number of pages41
JournalInternational Journal of American Linguistics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Amazonia
  • Endangered language
  • Language shift
  • Muniche


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