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Re: The Czech Sound

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Sunday, March 20, 2005, 10:31
Chris Bates wrote:

> I suspect it came from the palatization common in all the slavic > languages, but that's just a guess. > > >Does anyone have a recording or an attestation of the > >infamous Czech sound? (/r_r/, the r-hachek in Czech) > >And does anyone know from whence it comes, and what > >conditions led it into existence?
That's true. |r^| /r_r/ is the result of palatalization of /r/. First attested in a 1297 manuscript (written as |rs| and |rz|): */morjo/ 'sea' > /morje/ > /mor;e/ > /mor_re/. In Polish the process mowed one step further, making it [z`]: |morze| ["moz`e]. -- Yitz