Re: [tied] [j] v. [i]

From: Sergejus Tarasovas
Message: 22609
Date: 2003-06-04

> I'm not sure what Slavic forms you have in mind. The
> Lithuanian soft type (so-called third declension) adjectives
> have their plural in -iai (e.g. auksìniai).

There's no phonemic (nor phonetic) contrast between <Cia> and <Ce> in
Lithuanian (both sequences represent /Ce/). In Slavic, *Cjo and *Ce
merged (to an accuracy of C's palatalization). Again, the usual source
for /ie/ is *ei (coexisting with /ie/ synchronically).