Re: [tied] Timing of ablaut

From: Miguel Carrasquer
Message: 25996
Date: 2003-09-24

On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 02:31:41 +0000, Glen Gordon <glengordon01@...>

>I don't
>see why *o must be long, both in respect to the IE vowel system as we know
>it and in terms of the overall evidence of daughter languages which affirm
>that it is short except in _exceptional_ circumstances like the Law we are
>discussing. To say that *o is long causes an unstoppable chain-reaction
>that forces us to further explain ad absurdum what instances of *o: could
>possibly be and why it's on a par with *e: even though *e: should be

I don't understand what you say about *e:. As to *o:, as far as it's not
from *eh3, it occurs in closed syllables only (*népo:ts, *pó:ds), and so it
doesn't conflict with *o, which is always short in closed syllables.

>Maybe it's also worth mentioning that *o is obviously
>from *e in the respect of labiality and so this extra quality may have
>the reason for a labial-marked *o becoming /a:/ rather than an unmarked *e.
>In other words, a kind of shift from labial-marking to length-marking. An
>exchange of one quality for another.

Then why is Skt. /u/ not lengthened in an open syllable?

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal