Re: [tied] Glen's Strange Rule

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 8698
Date: 2001-08-23

I don't think so. A language without any a-like vowels (with at least allophonic status) would be a typological oddity. An unmarked vowel will occur frequently to compensate for its tendency to be elided. Anyway, I haven't yet said that Glen's analysis of Tyrrhenian is correct. I only proposed a mechanism that could account for the kind of effect suggested by Glen.
BTW, his stress rule is the mirror image of the Old French stress pattern: stress the final syllable unless it contains schwa (in which case stress the penult). Note also that French final-syllable schwa typically derived from Proto-Romance *a
----- Original Message -----
From: Marc Verhaegen
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2001 2:02 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Glen's Strange Rule

OK, thank you very much. Was this disappearance of /a/ (= /&/ ?) in the first syllable part of a general disappearance of /a/ in Etruscan?