Re: [tied] Re: IE palatal stops and Albanian

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 35234
Date: 2004-12-01

On 04-12-01 01:45, alexandru_mg3 wrote:

> P.S. :
> Viewing now the examples above an taking a look
> at 'sorrë' 'crow' is not clear enough for me:
> e: > o: > o in
> *k^we:r(h2)ah2 (or sim.) > *c^o:ra > sorrë 'crow' ?
> Any help here?

Cancel this *k^w- solution. Jens's suggestion that the BSl. 'magpie'
word is a loan, and the reconstruction *kWersnah2, are infinitely better
and amount to a compelling etymology which explains all the little
problems that mar other proposals (the Slavic *(v), the long vocalism,
the Albanian trill, etc.). It's so nice that I think it should be
published -- how about a brief etymological note somewhere, Jens?

As for the vowel, we have:

(1) *ers > *e:r (a pre-Albanian compensatory lengthening I proposed)
(2) *e: > *a: (merger of inherited vowels)
(3) *a: > *o: (Proto-Albanian rounding of stressed *a:)
(4) *o: > o (loss of quantitative contrasts in Common Albanian)