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THEORY: Tonogenesis (?) from PIE (Was: The rebirth of m"/21aw asmql21aw)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, November 6, 1999, 0:06
Paul Bennett wrote:
> > Anybody like to exchange ideas as to how PIE (essentially 2 or 3 syllables with > stress?) could turn into a monosyllabic lang with tones?
Well, delete codas, turning them into tones and different vowels, as you've already proposed. To reduce them to monosyllables, you could simply reduce unstressed vowels to zero (which could re-introduce codas), or perhaps delete medial clusters, creating diphthongs, which could merge if you don't want diphthongs. -- "It has been postulated that, given an infinite number of monkeys bashing away at an infinite number of keyboards, we could eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the Internet, we now know this to be incorrect." - Anonymous ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor