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.
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