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Re: Question about Latin E and Slavic yat'

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Monday, November 1, 2004, 10:23
 --- Roger Mills skrzypszy:

> Unless I'm mistaken, long e diphthongized in certain envs. in > French-- the pronouns me/te/se, words like lege-, rege-, credere, > debere etc. (C-loss may have something to do with those; I don't > recall the rules offhand.)
That's true. I don't recall the rules offhand either, but I do know that it only happens when the syllable is stressed. I was indeed thinking about French. However, in all Romance languages were diphthongisation occurs, diphthongisation of [E] occurred much earlier than diphthongisation of [e].
> Substratum perhaps? The universal panacea for perplexed linguists > :-)))
Yes. Although I don't know much about substratum, unfortunately. As far as I know, the region was almost uninhabitated when the Romans came. The Slavs arrived a good deal later.
> It seems a little contradictory (to me) that low vowels would > raise, while high vowels would lower.
Agreed. The best I can do is merging them altogether (although a slight distinction must remain; otherwise /e/ wouldn't become /o/ and /e^/ wouldn't become /a/ before a hard dental consonant. Jan ===== "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito." Relay 10: ___________________________________________________________ALL-NEW Yahoo! Messenger - all new features - even more fun!


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