Re: R: Re: Digest 2 Apr
|From:||jesse stephen bangs <jaspax@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, April 5, 2001, 20:49|
> > I don't know. There's some pretty weird stuff out there, like s > r,
> > which is attested multiple times, but which I can't justify in my own
> > mind.
> That's rhotacism. It happened in Latin, for istance:
I know what it's called. I just said that it makes little sense to me.
> honos 'honour' NOM.
> honos + em > honorem 'honour' ACC.
> /l/ > /r/ is another type of rothacism, attested inRumanian, i.e., and in
> the variety of Italian spoken in Rome:
> 'il lato' (the side) is realized as /er 'lado/
This looks like dissimilation to me, although it is rhotic. Does this
occur when the next word begins with something other than another /l/?
Romanian rhotacism is entirely different; it results in a simple
intervocalic /l/ becoming /r/, as in Lat sol(em) > Rom soare.
Jesse S. Bangs firstname.lastname@example.org
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