50Re: Nasal infixion in Indo-European languages and in Quenya
- Jun 8 6:44 AMHello,
> Since one would only expect another vowel here, this is anThe Polish nasals are a remainder of the Proto-Slavic nasal vowels,
> 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.
in which respect Slavic is, to the best of my knowledge, unique. The
Slavic nasal vowels have appeared as a result of the open syllable
law, which did not permit closed sylables, and so all -Vn(-) and -Vm-
groups changed into either o~ or e~ (also the appearance of
syllabic liquids and the reduced vowels). I do not recall reading of
PIE nasal vowels anywhere.
> Now nasal infixion plays an important role in Quenya. Is there anyI'd say no. We have lots of PQ/CE forms, but nowhere is a nasal
> hint at the former existence of nasal vowels in primitive Elvish?
vowel indicated by Tolkien. And anyway is there such a kind of
ablaut anywhere? The more knowledgeable people will doubtless
The Quenya nasal infixion, it would seem, arose by analogy with the
behaviour of basic verbs, where the nasal slipped inside the root by
Pavel Iosad pavel_iosad@...
'I am a philologist, and thus a misunderstood man'
--JRR Tolkien, _The Notion Club Papers_
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