Re: A question on palatalization.
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, January 2, 2003, 22:03|
Dirk Elzinga scripsit:
> If intervocalic voicing in Old English is due to Verner's Law,
AFAIK intervocalic voicing works in all (non-geminated) cases, not only in
the special Verner's Law environment. In particular, since /z/ > /r/ in
Germanic, VL gives us forms like lorn (lost=en) and were (was=e), but
in the unchanged forms like choose we have [z], now /z/.
> then it had probably become lexicalized by the time that the cluster <sc>
> became [S]. In which case, [S] would be immune from the voicing rule.
This is probably the actual explanation: voicing was dead by the time
/sk/ > /S/.
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