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proto-romance questions

From:J. Barefoot <ataiyu@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 15, 1999, 0:16
Well what'dy'a know? I went to the university library and they had exactly
what I needed! "Proto-Romance Phonology" by Robert Hall, who my French
insists on calling Bob {cue creepy music}; it has lots of examples. Perhaps
I'll post a proto-Romance vocabulary to my webpage. Anyway, not having
studied Latin really, I have some questions:
1) the -ere verbs (so my sources say) were all stressed on the stem. Do the
other verb classes have (semi-)regular stress like this? Specifically, are
the -are verbs stressed on the ending? Because of stress and
diphthongization rules in my current sketch, the -ere     (-ara) verbs are
merging with the -are (-aira), by analogy of inflection, not infinitve form.
Okay, so I have a question. Let me tell y'all what I've got so far. {cough
*peer review?* cough}

stops: p t k b d g {pi tau kappa beta delta gamma} <-- Greek orthography!
fricatives: f s sh v z zh h {phi sigma sigma* upsilon zeta zeta* breathy
diacritic} *still iffy on the orthography of /S/ and /Z/; probably
sigma+iota and zeta+iota, as /S/ and /Z/ were originally allophones of /s/
and /z/, becoming contrastive by borrowing(?) "h" also reintroduced by
affricates: /tS/ {kappa+iota / kappa+eta}
nasals: m n {mu nu} Do many languages have a palatal m?
liquids: l r {lambda rho}
semivowels: y {iota}
vowels: i {iota}   u {omega}
        e {eta}    o {omicron}
              a {alpha}

essere > easara > easra > yasra "to be"
su     sumu
es     esi
est    sud (nt>d)

andare > adaira "to go"
vo     adamu
vas    adasi
va     vad

lingu_a >lengba > leamba > leaba "tongue"
kingere > kienara /tSenara/ "to don"
u_irde > bierda "green"
die > zia /Za/ "day"
kria're > kriaira "to create"
amare > amaira "to like"

first (and so far only) conjugation verbs : -ara and -aira
-ara - stress on stem
-aira - stress on ending

kie'ndo    kie'ndamu
kie'ndas   kie'ndasi
kie'ndat   kie'ndad

krio'    kria'mu
krias'   kria'si
kriat'   kriad'

A sentence: Amo' kriai'ra una lea'ba!


There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of
them is without significance. - I Cor. 14:10

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