The palatal sham :) (Re: [tied] Re: Albanian (1))

From: elmeras2000
Message: 30316
Date: 2004-01-30

--- In, "Mate Kapovic" <mkapovic@...>

> The system of *a, *e, *o is also very rare if attested. Lg like
this mostly
> have *a and *@ (two vowels) or *a, *i, *u (three vowels). But
> *a is not the only way out as you probably know.

We sure do. An easier solution is *a, *e, *o, *i, *u, which is quite
common. For a system to be "natural" it is immaterial whether its
elements have phonemic status. We have been over this long ago in
this forum.