> Not a problem necessarily if we regard terms pertaining to
> prone to "emphatic" phonetics. If *k^ = *k and *k = *q, then we are
> comparing *(s)kor- with *qerd-. The latter would be a form with theinitial
> velar stop modified to a "harsher" uvular to better reflect thefoul nature
> ofAre uvular sounds universally considered harsher than velars?
> the word.