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Re: Tendencies of Sound Changes?

From:Joe <joe@...>
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 >>other >>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 >languages. > >
Are you sure? Sanskrit does it, at least word finally.


R A Brown <ray@...>