Elision and _ly-_ (was Re: Elision and _'n_)
Petri Tikka wrote:
>There is another attested example of elision between E and I:All right, you got me here. Objection withdrawn, at least partly.
>_ír' Anarinya queluva_ (V:72).
Note though - the elided vowel happens to be the first one.
>I know that one may then wonderI do not find this a sound argument. Of course, absence of evidence
>why it isn't _*nai elen siluv' elyenna_, but since we have so few
>examples of elisions, why couldn't it happen the othe way around?
is not evidence of absence, but neither can absence of evidence be
taken as evdience of presence.
>Both syllables are unstressed, so elision is equally possible in bothYou seem to have missed my point about the structural importance of the
prefixed vowel. The emphatic pronoun without the prefixed _sundóma_ is
a mere suffix. That is why I guess it (the _sundóma) won't in all
probability be elided.
Also, since you argue that _ly_ is an impermissible initial, I am yet
to hear a justification :-) I cannot understand how _ly_ differs from
Pavel Iosad pavel_iosad@...
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