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Germanech <s> and <z> (was Re: Sketch of Germanech 2/4)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg.rhiemeier@...>
Date:Friday, December 7, 2001, 22:18
Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> wrote:

> Jörg Rhiemeier wrote: > > in certain contexts, Latin /t/ has become /s/ in Germanech, which is > > written <z> > > Was there an intermediate stage where it was /ts/?
Not unlikely, but it became a fricative even before /t/ became /ts/ in initial position and after nasal or liquid. The resulting fricative might have been laminal rather than apical, though there is no such difference anymore in Modern Germanech. (This is what linguists assume what happened in Old High German, and Germanech did the same.) Jörg.