Petri Tikka wrote:
>There is another attested example of elision between E and I:
>_ír' Anarinya queluva_ (V:72).
All right, you got me here. Objection withdrawn, at least partly.
Note though - the elided vowel happens to be the first one.
>I know that one may then wonder
>why it isn't _*nai elen siluv' elyenna_, but since we have so few
>examples of elisions, why couldn't it happen the othe way around?
I do not find this a sound argument. Of course, absence of evidence
is not evidence of absence, but neither can absence of evidence be
taken as evdience of presence.
>Both syllables are unstressed, so elision is equally possible in both
You seem to have missed my point about the structural importance of the
prefixed vowel. The emphatic pronoun without the prefixed _sundóma_ is
a mere suffix. That is why I guess it (the _sundóma) won't in all
probability be elided.
Also, since you argue that _ly_ is an impermissible initial, I am yet
to hear a justification :-) I cannot understand how _ly_ differs from
Pavel Iosad pavel_iosad@...
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