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LEDSA derivation

From:Aidan Grey <grey@...>
Date:Sunday, January 27, 2002, 20:59
At 12:25 PM 1/27/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>Easy - but you need to invent (sorry: discover) the "voicesless stop >disappears before sibilant" rule, or something like that. >1. Ledsa (this needs to be stressed on the 1st syllable) >2. Le:sa (application of rule above, with ensuing compensatory lengthening >of preceding vowel) >3. Leisa (long front vowel becomes paired front vowel glide) >4. Leis (unstressed final vowel disppears) >Mike > > Anyone have any ideas about how to get from the protoform *LEDSA to the > > final form _leis_?
Everyone has come up with this same derivation, which is nice, but it would make the _ei_ cluster more common than I want, and the long vowel e: would disappear altogether. Here's what I came up with: ledsa lejsa (voiced unaspirated stops vocalized before sonants) lejs (final vowel weakening) leis Does this seem realistic to you guys? Aidan