Re: Frank goes west
> why the "uf in "zlatufka"I'll split it in two: A) [u]; and B) [v].
A) This [u] from a narrowed long [o'] does occur in places in East
Slovak (in West SK, too, and in Czech -- stul, dum, for "table,"
"house"), but as Helen says:
> we would have said "zlatofka" or "zlatouka"... it is not widespread and not always consistent. It is typical of
north-eastern Spis, for instance (and I don't mean the Goral dialects
> seemed to me that the eastern dialects picked up some PolishWhat would be the grounds to assume that things were "picked up from"
when there are two possibilities -- either "picked up from" or
parallel development? Polish linguists determined decades ago that
there was parallel development in varieties of East Slovak and Polish,
not borrowing, which is limited to a few lexical items.
B) The [v]--[w] alternation is quite common in East Slovak (Central
Spis tends to have [v]--[f], it occurs in other places, too).
[v]--[f] is common especially in West Slovak.
> the idea that Eastern Slovak and Czech had a closer resemblanceI agree, Ron, they do (from an etymological perspective, few Slovaks
> than Central Slovak.
would think of them that way casually). What I wondered about was the
source of information that some argued during the negotiations in the
1840s (or possibly at another time) that, therefore, Eastern Slovak
should become Standard Slovak.