Re: [tied] Re: kentum/satem: why Lithuanian kg before e/i

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 45651
Date: 2006-08-08

On 2006-08-08 17:04, Joao S. Lopes wrote:

> Why labio-velars before palatal vowels in Baltic didnt develop into
> palatals, like other satem languages (cf. Slavic k/c^, Indo-Iranian
> k/c^, but Baltic k)?

Why did PGmc. *Ge-, *ke- become Eng. ye-, che- but German ge-, ke-? Why
do we have French cent /sa~/ but Sardinian kentu? Perhaps because the
palatalisation of velars before front vowels, though in general very
likely, is not inevitable.