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Re: A sound change question...

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Thursday, August 7, 2003, 23:22
Muke Tever wrote:
> > I believe the intermediate in [tw] > [s] was some manner of [tSw], given
how it
> actually comes out as -ss- intervocalically (except in some dialects,
> Attic, which have -tt-). > > Examples are the second person pronoun, e.g. acc. *twe > se; and *twr=ks >
sarx "flesh".
> > > I'm not sure about [kw] > [t] -- does Peter have a citation for that? > > Well, if the difference between [kw] and [k_w] is not being held, there
> > *penkwe > pente "five" > *kwe > te "and" (encl.) > *kwis > tis "who" >
My IE>Greek is rusty, but wouldn't _tessera_ 'four' be an example for both kw and tw? IIRC the changes affecting the labiovelars are all conditioned by front vs. back vowels.