Germanic and the ruki dialects

Prescott, Charles (2012) Germanic and the ruki dialects. In: Whitehead, Benedicte Nielsen, Olander, Thomas, Olsen, Birgit Anette and rasmussen, Jens Elmegard (eds.) The sound of Indo-European: phonetics, phonemics, and morphophonemics. Copenhagen Studies in Indo-European (4). Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, pp. 425-433. ISBN 9788763538381

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A new relationship is proposed between Germanic, which shows lowering and retraction of vowels before /r/, /w/, /x/, and the ruki dialects of Indo-European, Baltic, Slavic and Indo-Iranian, which have retraction of /s/ following /r/, /u/, /k/, /i/. There are two aspects to the relationship: the Germanic segments correspond directly to three of the four ruki segments and the effects on vowels in Germanic and on /s/ in the ruki dialects may be attributed to the spread of a common phonological feature, Retracted Tongue-root, [RTR].

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0501 Indo European (Indo Germanic) philology
P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages > PD1001 Old Germanic dialects
P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature > PG0001 Slavic > PG0401 Slavic philology and languages (General)
P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature > PG8001 Baltic
P Language and Literature > PK Indo-Iranian > PK0101 Indo-Aryan languages
Depositing User: Charles Prescott
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2012 13:34
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2012 13:34

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