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a-umlaut (was Re: Epicene words)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Monday, February 28, 2005, 19:27

On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 00:54:11 +0100,
Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> wrote:

> Hi! > > Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> writes: > >... > > _halera_ (< *hal-ir-a) `healer' > > Is this a-umlaut? I mean the *-ir-a > -era part of that?
It is. There is also i-umlaut (as demonstrated by the two non-epicene forms _heliro_ and _helire_ in the first syllable) and u-umlaut (e.g. dual _halyru_ < *hal-ir-u).
> I often thought about a-umlaut in some language for lowering high > vowels (e.g. in Da Mätz se Basa there are non-productive traces of > it). Is it something like that? Does it occur in natlangs?
I think it occurs in some North Germanic languages, though I am not sure about that. Greetings, Jörg.


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>