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However, in Jawoyn the form of the word is dewdew, and beyond the surmise that the diffusional source is not from Jawoyn, it is not clear why Wardaman should have a form with an initial segment that does not otherwise occur in that position in the language. , in the past tense allomorph -rri. /r/ is (so far) not attested in stem-final position, indicating at the least that it is c[uite uncommon there, if indeed it may occur at all. , /bamarr/ Owenia vernicosa, 'marble tree', /geremerr/ 'headband', and so on.

Wu-walu 'ring finger' vs. yigurliyn 'first rain'; ngone 'hooked spear' vs. birdij'find' (particles); gelelen 'cold' vs. gerle- 'to taste'; gitda 'where' vs. bigurda, a kind of plat potato; gadi 'lily' vs. gardirrg 'gnash teeth' (particle), and so on. The above generalization does not apply to the rhotics, since /IT/ has not been found initially in lexical stems, and only two instances of /r/ have been noted to date: the bird term rewrew 'dollar bird', and a toponym (referring to a creek near Willeroo Station homestead in the Wardaman heartland, and seemingly not a foreign form), Relwuyugun.

Word-medially, or finally), and those found at morpheme boundaries. Some clusters may occur in both kinds of environments; but some occur only across morpheme boundaries (as, for instance, where a consonant-initial suffix follows a consonant-final stem). A subcase of morpheme boundary is reduplicative boundary (either fixed or "live"), where a Segmental phonology 21 set of cluster combinations occur that are not found elsewhere. Where a cluster is attested only across a grammatical boundary, that combination is marked B on the Table.

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