Piotr Gasiorowski wrote:
08-08-03 17:32, H.M. Hubey wrote:

>> (e.g. *d [and intervocalic *-t-] > l in Pashto,
> How about th>l, th>dh>d instead
>> *rj > l
>> in Ossetic,
> How about -rth->rsh> rj and rth>rl>l
> Obviously the principle(s) has/have repercussions on reconstruction.

Actually, the Pashto development was {PIr. -t-, -þ-, d} > ð > l, as in
the following (safely reconstructed) words:

(PIE *p&2ter- >) *pitar- > *piðar- > pla:r
I notice that 2 of 3 are reconstructed, thus       
    *pithar > pitar
        *pithar > pla:r

(PIE *kWetwores >) *caþva:r- > *caða:r- > calor

        Again, this is what they call "tavsanin suyunun suyu" in Turkish. (Cream of cream of rabbit soup).

If the reconstructions are going to be taken as rules for more reconstructions what purpose
would it serve to find "general" principled rules. After all, if these untainted rules are not
found, then it would only serve to make future reconstructions like past ones. The whole
purpose of looking for these rules is to test out the already existing reconstructions to see
which ones are better.

(PIE *dek^m.(t) >) *dasa > las 'ten'


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