[tied] Re: A New language tree

From: Richard Wordingham
Message: 37731
Date: 2005-05-07

--- In cybalist@yahoogroups.com, "mkelkar2003" <smykelkar@...> wrote:
> --- In cybalist@yahoogroups.com, Piotr Gasiorowski <gpiotr@...> wrote:

> > PIE *a, *e and *o fell together as *a in
> > Proto-Indo-Iranian, but traces of the old distinctions are observable
> Or what was together elready expanded later as Misra has shown in the
> case of the Gypsy language. The Sanskrit system could be and inmho IS
> the origina.

Curiously enough, many believe that the PIE vowel system itself
derives from one very similar to the Sanskrit system. The important
point is that the e/o contrast shows a lot of consistency across the
IE languages, and has reflexes in Sanskit and the Iranian languages -
the 'law of palatals'.