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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:

> Hi! > > 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 > palatalisation?
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. Greetings, Jörg.


Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...>