Ruki rule, retroflexion and palatalization (was Re: Help Weird Up My Orthography, Sound Changes?)
|From:||Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>|
|Date:||Monday, August 22, 2005, 20:02|
Henrik Theiling wrote:
> Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...> writes:
> > It might also help to think of Sanskrit's ruki rule - high front
> > vowels occasionally cause Sein' retroflexion.
> Hmm, Sanskrit, yes. I should definitely have a very close look at
> that now that I'm inventing a language with complex sandhi rules...
> That high front vowels cause palatalisation seems to be quite common,
> but how about retroflexion? Do many natlangs do that? Fricativation
> if /i/ and even /y/ also happens occasionally as we saw just a few
> days ago (Viby Swedisch and Mandarin Chinese).
> But how about retroflexion? Or was there an intermediate step of
AFAIK, the ruki rule in Indo-Aryan involves an intermediate step of
palatalization. The ruki rule itself applies not only to Indo-Aryan,
but also to Balto-Slavic and Iranian. Both groups don't have
retroflexes, which in Indo-Aryan are probably due to a Dravidian
substratum. The change /S/ > /s`/ happens easily.