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Re: Primitive W., and a name-change

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, May 16, 1999, 23:38
FFlores wrote:
> (I think it was a problem with Grimm's laws... Does anybody know?).
Ah, yeah, Verner's Law, or something like that.
> How far away (and/or isolated) from each other were > the speakers of those dialects? The same phoneme evolving > into three different sounds seems a strange event if there > was any contact.
Well, their land is about the size of England. There was a fair amount of contact between the Elders of each village, but the commoners had only a small degree of contact. Enough that a few borrowings might've occurred, creating doublets.
> Are those one syllable or two? (I assume a diphthong is one > syllable, but I may be wrong). I mean, the accute being the > two vowels makes it look as if they were *two* syllables.
It's one syllable. If an acute was on the first vowel (i.e., *dika'u), it would be a falling diphthong (/aw31/), and if it were only on the second vowel (*dikau'), it would be two syllables (/a1.u3/) -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-name: NikTailor