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Re: Proto-Semitic (was Re: markjjones@HOTMAIL.COM)

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Saturday, March 12, 2005, 23:46
On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 10:54:11 +0100, Carsten Becker
<naranoieati@...> wrote:

>From what I remember of a paper me and a friend had to do >about Portugal in 6th grade, the numbers from 1 to 10 are >similar to the following (Janko Gorenc: In *Portugese*, >which is NOT a conlang): > >/um/, /dOI)S/, /t4ES/, ?, ?, /sEI)S/, ?, ?, ?, ? > >There seems to be a shift from /s/ to /S/ at least at the >end of words. That'd explain why Portugese essentially >sounds like Russian spoken by a Spanish.
:P Seems like Portuguese is undergoing further lenition of /s/ in some environments. In the future, some "progressive" dialects may have /x/, /h/, or the like where /S/ is heard today. Supposedly, such sound-changes occurred in the histories of the Slavic and IndoIranian languages. - Rob