Unlike many Gallo-Romance languages (French technically lacked this), Garonnian lacks final obstruent devoicing. Unusually among Romance languages, Garonnian exhibits initial consonant mutations and contain somewhat unusual phoneme /ŋ/ which can occur in any positions.
|c||Before a, o, u||/k/||cur|
|Before e, i||/tʃ/||ciul|
In unstressed positions, only the vowels /a, i, u/ are allowed. Vowel length are phonemicized as a result of losses of certain consonants (these are, */β, ð, ɣ/), but also as a result of simplification of certain vowel hiatuses (teer */tɛ.ˈɛr/ → /ˈtɛːr/ "to hold", aad /ˈaːd/ "(s)he had").
The maximal consonant structure in Garonnian is C¹C²S¹VS²C¹C². However, there are many synchronic metatheses called Nicholshill's law (named after the fictional female linguist named Annett Nicholshill) that could occur at unpleasant consonant clusters. The rules include:
- Liquids always precede other consonants when word-final.
- Nasals always precede other consonants when word-final.
- **gëdr → gërd "to sell"
- **Alrigs → Arligs "Alaric, a male given name"
- **ponms → pomns "we put"
Like French, Garonnian words are always stressed in the last syllable. However, words containing vowel hiatuses are stressed in the second-to-last (penultimate) syllable (bua /ˈbu.a/ "good (fem. sg.)"). As previously I, Willett said, only /a, i, u/ are allowed in unstressed syllables.
Phonological changesSee Garonnian/Sound changes
- Also known as Annette Nicholshill. The pronunciation of her name was /aˈɲɛts nitʃɔˈziʎː/, with silent -l-.