Re: dhuga:ter

From: fournet.arnaud
Message: 55535
Date: 2008-03-20

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From: Patrick Ryan

You have pointed out another problem for now accepted 'laryngeal' theory.

If all 'laryngeals' became [h] in non-Anatolian PIE, then the 'crayons' melt
in the sun; and my heretical ideas gain probability.



I don't think your ideas have any chance
to gain credence because orthodox PIE
has put itself into useless hardships.

It's quite obvious that the "laryngeal" theory
as described in the orthodox three-phoneme
H1 H2 H3 is not able to account for all
known features.

There were two H1 a pharyngal and a velar one.
And there were many proto-phonemes which
ultimately surface as H2 and H3.
So long as people stick to an inadequate theory,
(I mean a set of only 3 phonemes)
it's impossible to understand what happened
in each branch of PIE, and what are the detailed
processes thru which many proto-phonemes
gradually disappeared.
A preliminary step is that people finally
realize that the current set of 3 is inadequate
and start looking for a better hypothesis.