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Schwebeablaut (was Re: tolkien?)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Sunday, December 14, 2003, 12:28

On Sat, 13 Dec 2003 20:05:23 -0500,
Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...> wrote:

> On Sat, 13 Dec 2003 13:01:47 -0800, Elliott Lash <erelion12@...> > wrote: > > > Something like 'sound association' happens in > > Silindion, my main project. There are groups of roots > > which have similar meanings and sound. > > It is *fairly* obvious (to me) that this is the case for a number of PIE > roots, too. The most well-known example is uerg^/ureg, but possibly also > perk^/prek^ and several others. I used to have a file of all the ones I'd > identified, but it is escaping me at the moment. They're almost always of > the form CeRC/CReC, sometimes CeHC/CHeC.
These are indeed quite common in PIE, common enough to have a terminus technicus for this phenomenon: it is called Schwebeablaut. The origin might have been a difference in accent position: *CáRaC > *CeRC *CaRáC > *CReC I am planning to use Schwebeablaut in my IE-related conlang family "Hesperic", though I don't know yet what exactly to do with it.
> What bugs the heck out of me is that although many of these root-pairs are > obviously semantically connected, the exact meaning of the Re/eR > alternation seems to be lexical rather than predictable.
Yes. Greetings, Jörg.


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>