325Re: Palatalization and Syllabification in Quenya
- Feb 20, 2003On 19 Feb 2003, Pavel Iosad wrote _inter alia_:
> There is also a solution in the lines of Modern Greek, where the /mp nt ng/It must be noted here that this is a matter of Modern Greek _spelling_, not of
> used to substitute voiced stops in loans, as in _mpar_ 'bar', but as opposed
> to the /mp/ type, /mb/ cluster are semiotically suspect (just as the
> traditional PIE reconstruction, which can be a strong argument *for*).
_phonetics_ or _phonology_. The spelling rule for foreign borrowings arose out
of the historical development of clusters of nasal + voiceless stop to nasal +
voiced stop, and the constraint against spirantization of original voiced stops
following nasals, followed by the loss of homorganic nasal before voiced stops
in certain positions. Following these changes, the spellings which once
represented [mp] [nt] [Nk] represented first [mb] [nd] [Ng], and later, in most
dialects, [b] [d] [g].
In Cretan Greek, initial voiced stops became prenasalized, as a development
from sandhi of the accusative case of the article (which ended in [n]); in
other dialects, they became fricatives, as elsewhere. So the only way to spell
a voiced stop in Greek is with the grapheme clusters <mp> <nt> <gg>.
So Greek spelling has nothing to tell us about PQ phonology.
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