[tied] Re: crows and the glottalic theory

From: tgpedersen
Message: 16647
Date: 2002-11-09

--- In cybalist@..., Miguel Carrasquer <mcv@...> wrote:
> High tone is certainly associated with glottalization (just as low
> tone with aspiration). Within IE, there are a number of examples of
> high tone becoming a glottal stop (Danish, Latvian) or aspiration
> becoming a low tone (Punjabi), so I'm assuming the process can work
> both ways.
> Germanic originally had a free tonal accent, which later became a
> system with stress (and low tone) on the initial syllable, no stress
> and high tone on the second syllable (if any). This is still more
> less what we have in Scandinavian.

On the Danish islands yes, in Jutland the reverse (as in German).