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THEORY: Tonogenesis (?) from PIE (Was: The rebirth of m"/21awasmql21aw)

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Saturday, November 6, 1999, 0:40
Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> wrote:

> Well, delete codas, turning them into tones and different vowels, as > you've already proposed. To reduce them to monosyllables, you could > simply reduce unstressed vowels to zero (which could re-introduce > codas), or perhaps delete medial clusters, creating diphthongs, which > could merge if you don't want diphthongs.
Just do to PIE what French did to Latin. :) And then chop the few codas that you spared. In any case, you'll end up having a lot of homonyms, but that happens (AFAIK) in Mandarin too, and somehow they still understand each other. --Pablo Flores