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Re: Tendencies of Sound Changes?

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Sunday, April 2, 2006, 13:03
From: "John Vertical" <johnvertical@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2006 7:47 PM

> Anyway ... sounds shifts always require a context. Yes, > medial voicing is more likely than medial devoicing; but > what about elsewhere? Devoicing might be preferred in > global shifts... or maybe stop-cluster harmonizing... I > think I missed the mention alluded by Carsten so I can't > say for sure.
I think I meant medial voicing.
> One thing that's fairly safe to say is that out of the six > "basic stops", only /p g/ are prone to loss by > fricativization. The others I think go only in chain > shifts or conditioned changes - you don't get stuff like > /t/ suddendly dropping to /T/ all by itself without a > reason. There's also the fact that /w/ goes to /v/ offen > but only rarely to /G/ (ie. acts primarily as a labial > when fricativizing.)
See the Germanic Sound Shifts ...
> Also palatal stops affricatize easily and nasals easily > assimilate to POA of a following oral stop, but this is > pretty common knowledge already, I think.
It is. OK, thank you all. I'll have a look at that page Arthaey linked to again as well. Cheers, Carsten