The Austronesian Comparative Dictionary

Parameter hermit crab \nq The "mw" in this form is what in the Marshallese-English dictionary describe as a 'heavy' (= pharyngealized) bilabial nasal; they use a cedilla under the 'm'. In some other languages of Micronesia (and Melanesia) which reportedly have a bilabial nasal different from [m] that is produced with lip spreading rather than lip rounding, "mw" is used. [e02e92f9c050186d4079183c87012995]

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