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Wenetaic sound change (Re: The Magical Tree (Translation project))

From:Paul Bennett <paul.bennett@...>
Date:Thursday, September 23, 1999, 15:27
Padraic writes:
Why do all the stops become vl stops or vl aspirates _except_ gh-? bh > p, ph p > p, ph k > k, kh g > kh but gh > y On the whole, W. seems to be a devoicing lang; where voiced consonants become voiceless. Also seems to be heavily into vl aspiration. Perhaps speakers of Wenetaic don't mark a distinction between p & ph. <<<<<< (Some of) The rules are supposed to be kinda like: (this is based on a very vaguely remembered PIE phonology) "Hardness" becomes aspiration (p' -> ph) Aspiration is lost (ph -> p, bh -> b) Voicing becomes aspiration (b -> ph) In that order. <y> = /j/ is actually formed (irregularly) from an original /r/ <r> = /4/ also comes from /r/ and/or (more often) /l/ I need to come up with some context-sensitive rules for these, though. At least these will be the basis of rules used when deriving "proper" roots from an IE lexicon. Anyone know where I can get one of these online? Nostratic or Proto-World would do just as nicely, or possibly better. I have the Concise Edition of Skeats, (a very groovy work, btw) but for some reason, I dislike the roots he ends up with. --- Pb ************************************************************* This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This footnote also confirms that this email message has been scanned for the presence of computer viruses. *************************************************************