Austronesian d/l/n/r

From: Richard Wordingham
Message: 16111
Date: 2002-10-09

--- In cybalist@..., "tgpedersen" <tgpedersen@...> wrote:
> In general Austronesian has much vacillation d/l/n/r (see eg. all
> variations on 'lima' "five" in the various Austronesian languages).

I looked at the descendants of 'telu' "three", 'lima' "five"
and 'walu?' "eight". What I saw looked like regular changes plus
additions of affixes, and complete replacement of 'walu?' and
sometimes 'lima'. Sometimes intervocalic /l/ has a different fate to
initial /l/, but I noticed nothing unusual. The reflexes of 'telu'
often suggest an ancestral form like *tetelu, but that is the
greatest of the irregularities. What _vacillation_ do you see there?