49Nasal infixion in Indo-European languages and in Quenya
- Jun 8, 2002There's a question connected with ablaut in past tense related to
nasal infixion: "gehen" (go) -> "er ging". The other direction would
be "denken" (think) -> "er dachte", cf. "Gedanke" (thought), or "bringen"
(bring) -> "er brachte".
Since one would only expect another vowel here, this is an indication
for ancient nasal vowels, changing into "in/en/an" later. Such nasal
vowels remained in some other Indo-European languages (Polish), they
aren't a mere hypothesis.
Now nasal infixion plays an important role in Quenya. Is there any
hint at the former existence of nasal vowels in primitive Elvish?
(this was my first, never answered question in the Elfling list).
PS: Am I supposed to be somewhere else? I don't think so, but I'm open for
other opinions... if they are stated openly.
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in its contents, then yes, of course you do. Moreover, you've posed a
interesting question in a thoughtful, informed manner. 'Nuff said. Carl]
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