Re: [tied] Re: Short and long vowels

From: Miguel Carrasquer
Message: 39294
Date: 2005-07-18

On Sun, 17 Jul 2005 13:49:17 -0500, Patrick Ryan
<proto-language@...> wrote:

> From: Miguel Carrasquer<mailto:mcv@...>
> If all vocalized 'laryngeals' merge as /i/ in Vedic (with the exception I mentioned of dha:ta), with what justification can you label them *&1, *&2, *&3? Would not simply *& do?

Not for PIE.

> Now I will ask you again, what proof do you have that PIE *e:, *a:, and *o:, when zero-graded, could ever become /e/, /a/, or /o/ in Old Indian - even transitorily?

That question cannot be answered. Zero-grade *eh1, *eh2,
*eh3 give *h1, *h2, *h3 in pre-PIE (which is the proper time
frame for zero-grade). Under the right syllabic
circumstances, these are vocalized to *&1, *&2, *&3 in PIE.
Post-PIE, they merge to *& in the dialects ancestral to
Indo-Iranian, and *& gives /i/ in Vedic.

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal