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Re: more English orthography

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 0:09
At 04:28 13/05/00 -0400, you wrote:
>[...] >> The other consonants are h, which result in low tone (the three laryngeals >> h1 h2 h3 are preserved; I'm not sure how each one is to be realized), s >> (results in high tone), r, l, v (= w or v), and j (last four result in low >> tone). > >I don't understand H1 H2 H3 either. One website gives them as /h/, /x/, and >/xw/, respectively. But MHO they might be "farther back" than that. I >don't understand either H by itself on Gwinn's site. >
Indeed, nobody really knows how those laryngeals were really pronounced (the name itself is confusing, the one who chose it thought of a connection between PIE and the Semitic languages, but himself said the it could have been "laryngeals or pharyngeals"). Indeed, the only attested IE language that kept them is Hittite, and it's dead for a long time now. So we know that Hittite kept the laryngeals, but as it's a dead language, we still don't know how they were pronounced... In this case, we're stuck with hypotheses... Christophe Grandsire |Sela Jemufan Atlinan C.G. "Reality is just another point of view." homepage : (ou :