Re: [tied] Re: Slavic peoples and places

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 7621
Date: 2001-06-14

I wonder. Polish has never had any sort of g-lenition, and yet we have <ga,sienica>. It seems that both variants have existed since a very early time. *go~sen- may be due to folk-etymology ("goose-neck worm").
----- Original Message -----
From: Sergejus Tarasovas
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 9:42 AM
Subject: [tied] Re: Slavic peoples and places

--- In cybalist@......, "Piotr Gasiorowski" <gpiotr@......> wrote:
Intervocalic -g- and -v- were probably confusible to some extent
when the former was pronounced as a voiced fricative, but it's
strange that the confusion should have affected only this single
grammatical morpheme.
> Piotr

Spontaneous change (fricative) /G/ <-> /w/ has been registered in
anlaut, Russian gu'senitsa 'caterpillar (Standard Russian)':(v)
u'senitsa 'the same (dialects) < Gusenitsa:wusenica < (Proto Slavic)
*o,senica with protetic /w/ being the most well-known example.