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Re: Umlaut

From:Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>
Date:Thursday, August 22, 2002, 10:38

> This is a good start, but umlauting is usually taken to mean that > an /i/ in one part of the word causes not diphthongization, but > an actual change in some phonological feature of a neighboring > vowel.
Um, in Germanic languages possibly yes. This is not the case with Bryttonic _i_-affection, which does turn, say, _a_ into _ei_ in Middle Welsh, so _bardd_, pl. _beird(d)_.
> (The rules you posit above of course are also possible, but then > one does not usually call them umlaut.)
Call them _i_-affection then. Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Is mall a mharcaicheas am fear a bheachdaicheas --Scottish proverb