Re: [tied] Re: A New language tree

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 37710
Date: 2005-05-07

mkelkar2003 wrote:

> Just liket that graded ablaut stuff, the actual 5 vowels are not
> observed in any langauge.

If you mean that /a/ /e/, /o/, /e:/ and /o:/ don't appear as different
vowel phonemes in any IE language, Greek and Latin, for example,
immediately falsify your claim. Both retain the original vowel system
very faithfully. PIE *a, *e and *o fell together as *a in
Proto-Indo-Iranian, but traces of the old distinctions are observable
there, as you may have learnt on many previous occasions if you had only
bothered to follow the discussions in which you participated.