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Re: Azurian phonology : LONG

From:Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 2:03
Den 28. okt. 2008 kl. 13.25 skreiv Henrik Theiling:

> Speaking of Azurian: just wanted to say that I read your description > with great pleasure after I got back from my holiday triy, and that I > liked the language a lot. Of course, it is especially nice after I > have looked into Old Norse in some depth for constructing > Þrjótrunn. :-)
Oh, I'm glad you like it. I hope you like it after the changes it probably will go through as well. Currently the phonology is very much like Faroese. But this is only provisional, and I will probably add and remove some things when I get to work with it a little.
> Can't wait to read more! :-)
Well, you have to wait until tomorrow. I plan to put in something then. Though the weather promises to be nice.
> One question: how's the skerping related to the (very common) shift > also found in Icelandic of /jj/ > /gj/ > ... and /ww/ > /gw/ > ...? > Did it happen at the same time only more aggressive than in other > languages, or is it something totally different and unrelated?
Well, my Faroese grammar does mention some relation - apparently not genetic but parallel developments - to words like Icelandic _höggva_ and Gothic Haggwan. I guess your /jj/ and /ww/ must be proto- Germanic. They look strange for Norse. Then, the skerping may be interpreted as a dissimilation from as far back as PG, perhaps. LEF