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Re: Betreft: Re: Critique sought

From:Ed Heil <edheil@...>
Date:Thursday, November 18, 1999, 21:28
Rob Nierse wrote:

> I'm a bit out of my depth here, but doesn't PIE have a two-vowel > system with /E/ and /O/? (or is it /e/ and /o/?)
That's the Laryngealtheorie reconstruction, but many people have challenged the reconstruction on typological grounds. Note, however, that the reconstructed system only had two vowel *phonemes*. The ablaut system allowed for many other vowel *phones*, including [i] and [u] (vocalic versions of y and w), syllabic liquids and nasals, and the 'laryngeals,' whatever they were, had syllabic reflexes which were, I think, e, o, and a. Then there are long vowels and diphthongs. So the *phonetic* vowel inventory of Laryngealtheorie-reconstructed PIE is still pretty wide. ------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------