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Re: Thalassan Possessive Suffixes

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 17:39

Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> writes:
>... > Anyway, I like the suffixes. I do wonder, tho, whether the sound-changes in the > pl forms are regular - the loss of the second-to-last vowel seems a tad odd.
Hmm, not necessarily, I think. It might be perfectly feasible given the right stress patterns (or some other good explanation). Note that Latin has interesting syncope, too due to accent shifts, too: gaudere < *ga-widere gavisus < *ga-wisus Prote-Norse also drops the penultimate when the ultimate cannot be dropped for some reason. E.g. singular of 'cauldron' is 'ketill', but plural is 'katlar'. This is regular: *katilaR > *katilR > *ketilR > ketill *katilo:R > *katlaR > katlar Syncope drops ultimate vowel if short and before a given set of consonants, of which R happens to be one, and otherwise shortens (and recolours) the last vowel and drops penultimate. (Also note the beautiful i-umlaut that only occurs in one of the forms.) So I'd say with the right explanation, the Thalassan drop of vowel is perfectly feasible. (Or did you find the vowel drop odd for some completely different reason that I fail to see?) **Henrik -- Relay 13 is running:


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>