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Re: CV metathesis Q

From:Jeffrey Jones <jsjonesmiami@...>
Date:Saturday, August 30, 2008, 10:33
On Mon, 25 Aug 2008 18:49:36 +0200, Jörg Rhiemeier
<joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote:
> >Hallo! > >On Mon, 25 Aug 2008 18:08:36 +0200, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote: > >> Jörg Rhiemeier skrev: >> > Hallo! >> > >> > This discussion reminds me of a well-known phenomenon in >> > Proto-Indo-European: "Schwebeablaut". Some roots in PIE >> > show an alternation between the type *CReC- and the type >> > *CeRC-, e.g. *deiw- ~ *dyew- 'sky, god'. >> > >> > ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf >> >> Called _samprasarana_ [s@mpr@'sA:r@n`@] 'drawing asunder' >> in Sanskrit, which perhaps is a more convenient word in >> English (heck, you already borrowed _svarabhakti_, >> and _sandhi_...)
To understand an Indoeuropeanist, all one needs is to be completely fluent in German, Sanskrit, and ancient Greek. Otherwise one may wonder what drawing asunder has to do with suspended off-sounds.
>It doesn't surprise me at all that the Sanskrit grammarians >had a word for it. What regards the putative origins of >schwebeablaut: it is zero grade on first vs. second syllable >of an original bisyllabic form *CVRVC-, or so say the >Indo-Europeanists, according to what I seem to remember >reading somewhere. > >... brought to you by the Weeping Elf
Thanks; this should be helpful, when I get back to that project. I've had to set it aside until I feel more alert and work on an exolang (where I can try anything without worrying about it). Jeff