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Quechua does not have mid vowels, and often adapts Spanish mid vowels by pronouncing them higher. The mid vowels /e/ and /o/ are often (but not always) pronounced higher in unstressed, and especially word final position in Spanish loanwords.  Both mid vowels are mostly retained when in closed or stressed syllables. In the former environment, Spanish vowels /e/ and /o/ are lowered towards /E/ and /ç/ respectively, so that they differ more from /i/ and /u/, whereas in the latter environment they are more salient, so that they are retained more easily.

Kçntar] Sp. 2 Orthography In this section I will explain the orthography that I will use in the remainder of this chapter and the rest of the grammar. In several publications, different authors 29 A grammar of Yurakaré have made (explicit or implicit) spelling proposals.  In the last column I mention the orthographic symbols that I will use throughout this grammar. The publications cited here are La Cueva (1893), Lassinger (1915), Ribera et al. (1991) and Day (1980, 1991). The first two are comparable as far as orthography goes, as are the latter four.

I consider these nouns to be underlyingly monosyllabic; in order to avoid a stressed final syllable, the final vowel is copied.

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