The palatal sham :) (Re: [tied] Re: Albanian (1))

From: elmeras2000
Message: 30523
Date: 2004-02-02

--- In, Miguel Carrasquer <mcv@...> wrote:

> I frankly don't understand how
> /pipGWeti/ could have given /pibeti/ instead of */pibheti/. It
> make any phonetic sense. At the very least, *h3 must have been a
> _uvular_ fricative (/RW/) to explain the lack of aspiration.

Aspiration is voicelessness. Why would a voiced (labio)velar
fricative leave aspiration, in this case voiced, i.e. the thing also
called murmur? I know of quite a few languages that have just lost
[G], and I would expect the same could be done with a rounded
counterpart of it. By the way, /G/ is often rounded itself.