33RE: [Lambengolmor] Quenya intervocalic -d-'s revisited
- Jun 1, 2002Hello,
> There is another factor to consider about the possible convergenceFair point. As a matter of fact, these things can blend in other
> of these two particular roots. While "along side" and "against,
> opposed to, opposite" may seem impossibly disparate in sense,
> English itself shows a blending and blurring of these concepts.
(Indo-European?) languages as well. In Russian, for example, the
situation with 'fighting' is identical to the English. The question
however reamins - would the two roots merge on the phonemic
level or not? I would contend that it is possible that the two
roots do remain asunder. We could try and reconstruct the
earliest root as *AD-A with the meaning of 'adjunction', possibly.
It would then show divergence in later Eldarin, mainly in the
Vanyarin dialects. And we still don't know whether these could
converge _back_ in Quenya (gues it is possible they wouldn't).
Alternately, this could be a case of a hypothetic D/R variation,
similar to the alternation of D/L, referred to in XI:363.
But then, it's been a long time since I told myself not to build
grandiose theories out if a single example! The above is pretty
likely to be completely bogus :-)
Pavel Iosad pavel_iosad@...
'I am a philologist, and thus a misunderstood man'
--JRR Tolkien, _The Notion Club Papers_
[Even if "completely bogus", it is thoughtfully constructed and
raises interesting questions about language that are worthy of
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