Sound Change Susceptibility
|From:||Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 4, 2003, 10:27|
I was looking at a chart of reflexes of PIE and Proto-Semitic consonants the
other day, and noted that while, say, the ancestral velar stops are mangled
wantonly in many daughter languages, *m and *n are perserved in every language
listed (in initial position at least).
Now, is this just a quirk of these particular families, or do different sound
have differing "intrinsic" probabilities for changing?