| Ancient Pətən Lhán |
|Spoken in||north-western Nautli|
|Total speakers||Ancient Pətən people|
|Basic word order||unknown|
Ancient Pətən Lhán was a tonal language, the two tone system having developed from phargyngealization. Syllables with pharyngealized vowels became low syllables. However these changes were obscured by the spreading of low tones in certain configurations. High tones are orthographically indicated by an acute accent <á>. Low tone is unmarked.
The consonantal system is simpler than that of Proto-Nautli. Retroflex consonants became post-alveolar and labiovelars are kept. The only innovation is the voiceless lateral fricative, that developed from the voiced lateral fricative.
|Plosives||p||t||tʃ ⟨c⟩||k||kʷ ⟨kv⟩|
|Nasals||n||ŋ ⟨ng⟩||ŋʷ ⟨ngv⟩|
|Fricatives||s ɬ ⟨lh⟩||ʃ ⟨sh⟩|
The vowel harmony of Proto-Nautli is lost, because there is no more phonemic contrast between tense and lax vowels. The only trace is a coocurence restrictions, so that /a/ and /ə/ can never occur in one word.
Two vowels can also occur in one syllable.
cat - PN: *lxejeen - lilin
crawfish - PN: *jangè - lhə́ng
sun - PN:*theneeth 'day' - cíníc
death - PN:*qong - ùng
dog - lhékv
to eat - cùl
finger - pélék