From: Miguel Carrasquer
>--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Piotr Gasiorowski <gpiotr@...><butter> vs. <butcher> is clear enough.
>> glen gordon wrote:
>> > This is why we should alleviate this phone[m/t]ic
>> > confusion by writing *h2e, not *h2a. Afterall, if the
>> > apophony is patterned the same way as *pod-/*ped-,
>> > then clearly the phoneme is *e in genitive _*h2ep-ós_.
>> > We can plainly see that if *e is ever next to the
>> > "marked" class (*h2, *q, *G, *GH) that we should
>> > pronounce it as /A/ anyways. And who says that
>> > coloured *e is the same vowel as non-coloured *a?
>> > I don't. Food for thought.
>> One should be careful with adverbs like "ever". The colouring by
>> the *K series was inconsistent. We have well-attested roots like *s)
>> ker-, *sek- or *legH-, which don't show any a-colouring. It may
>> have been a capricious, incomplete sound change, like the lowering
>> of Early Modern English /u/, which took place in <butter> but not
>> in <butcher>.
>Are you sure that that English sound change was incomplete? If so,