Assimilatory Process of Sound Changes from Proto-Austronesian to Bahasa Aceh

Bahasa Aceh is used as a medium of communication in the language community of Aceh. Aceh is one of the provinces in Indonesia, called Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, and is situated in the northern part of Sumatera Island of Indonesia. This study aims at describing sound change of Proto-Austronesian to Bahasa Aceh which deals with various sub-type of assimilation along with a number of word examples were employed. The number of the vocabularies used as many as 200 pieces of words refers to the Swadesh word list. All the words were collected from two couples of husband and wife. These four informants are the native speakers of Bahasa Aceh, live in Banda Aceh, the capital city of the province. All of them were on their fifties. The most common type of sound change of Bahasa Aceh which underwent the assimilation is vowel harmony.

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