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Re: U-umlaut & schwa shifts

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Thursday, March 16, 2006, 9:05
staving John Vertical:

>*Does anyone have any creativ ideas for sound shifts starting from /@/? >Mine are epenthetic, so deletion would be pointless. Assimilation with the >following or preceding vowel comes first to my mind, but seems a little >too obvious. I can also think of raising it to /i\/, but is there any >precedent for that? Any other ideas are welcome too.
How about Lenition the preceeding consonant, and then assimilation of the schwa to some feature of the following consonant (eg [@] > [U] before labials, [a] before glottals, [E] before palatals)? Pete