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55Re: [Lambengolmor] Nasal infixion in Indo-European languages and in Quenya

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  • Arden R. Smith
    Jun 8, 2002
      Hans-Juergen Fischer wrote:

      >Now nasal infixion plays an important role in Quenya. Is there any
      >hint at the former existence of nasal vowels in primitive Elvish?

      For the later versions of the languages, I would agree with Pavel's
      statement that there's no evidence of nasal vowels in

      In the earliest version, however, it's another story. According to
      the Qenya phonology that accompanied the Qenya Lexicon (circa 1915),
      primitive Eldarin had long and short syllabic versions of _l_, _r_,
      and _n_, "and _n_ perhaps represented a nasal to each of the five
      positions" [i.e. points of articulation] (_Parma Eldalamberon_ 12, p.
      10). In the Qenya Lexicon we find a considerable number of roots
      with forms like LNQN (with dots below the n's), whence _lanqa_ 'lot.
      luck, piece of fortune, happening'.

      Arden R. Smith erilaz@...

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