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02/17/2008

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Glen Gordon

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"So now we have two words!

Glen Gordon

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I can't believe it. Vox cut my message again!! Why don't web programmers fix these simplistic mistakes like this before receiving a paycheck? Ugh. Obviously Vox has no competent management staff! Luckily I've learned to copy my messages before sending them out now. So let's try again. Here's my message in full this time, grrrrrrrrrr...


 




"So now we have two words!  *leikʷ- and *ulkʷo- Which have a *kʷ > *p shift. Both in a similar environment."


So I'm presuming the similar environment in question would be in cases like *-Rkʷ- (*R = {any resonant})? Then I suppose, PIE *pénkʷe > Germanic *fimf would fit that pattern as well.

PhoeniX

It would seem like it! I'll be doing some more research on it soon. Pokorny lists these roots as root alternations, therefore they're pretty easy to find. So I'll be browsing through a hopelessly archaic etymological dictionary soon ;)

Ivan Štambuk

I remember reading that the sporadic change in Germanic of *kʷ > *p > *f or *kʷ > *xʷ > *f is unexplained phenomenon, and that there are many hypotheses, none of which is completely convincing.

PhoeniX

I think in the environment that I (and otheres before me) have established makes the shift quite regular (if not completely regular). I don't know of any other such *kʷ>*f shifts outside of that environment.

Maybe the word in Germanic isn't so confusing after all. :)

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