Re: Tendencies of Sound Changes?
|Date:||Sunday, April 2, 2006, 17:58|
Roger Mills wrote:
>John Vertical wrote:
>>Roger Mills wrote:
>>>Another change that's very common: s > h (>0)
>>I'm not sure what you mean by that. x > h, for example, is much more
>>probable. Universal loss of s, to my knowledge, generally requires all
>>fricatives to have withered away already.
>Ancient Greek shows *s > h/0 (at least in some environments), and IIRC some
>of the Persian langs. do too. Of course, IE had no other fricatives to
>lose... French lost *s in certain environments; Spanish may be in the
>process. But it's noteworthy that this is not a common change in IE
Are you sure? Sanskrit does it, at least word finally.