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Re: /y/?

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Monday, January 14, 2008, 12:46
On 14.1.2008 R A Brown wrote:
 > IMHO /y/ could reasonably diphthongize to /iw/, /uj/, /wi/
 > or /ju/.

And all are attested in natlangs. Apparently even /u:/ can
become /iw/!

 > The change of /y/ --> /ju/ must have occurred at an
 > earlier stage in the Tzakonian dialect of modern Greek
 > where we find /skylos/ --> */skjulos/ --> /StSulos/,
 > /kymume/ --> */kjumume/ --> /tSumune/.

Wow! I recall now that I read that some Greek dialects (
ones descended from the Koiné) have /y/ > /u/ rather than
the 'standard' /y/ > /i/. Thus they must have merger of the
genitive singular and nominative plural of the second
declension, just like Latin, but along a different path and
with a different result!

/BP 8^)>
Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch atte melroch dotte se
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