[Spellyans] Notednow ow tochya Skeul an Tavas

Owen Cook owen.e.cook at gmail.com
Wed Nov 17 20:36:08 GMT 2010


On 16 November 2010 09:40, Daniel Prohaska <daniel at ryan-prohaska.com> wrote:
> well
> liked and formulated rule that all consonants are devoiced in this
position,
> if there is evidence to the contrary.

*s* was not devoiced in this position, as Lhuyd's "tavaz" and similar
examples prove. Which suggests that stops and fricatives might have
patterned differently... (In itself, that would be no extraordinary thing.
French <t> and <d> in liaisons is /t/, while <s> and <z> are /z/.) Now
whether *f* or *th* were similarly devoiced is open to question, but I agree
with Dan that the evidence is not so one-sided as to require the Revival as
a whole to adhere to a single dogmatic position on the issue. If Nicholas
and Michael are in a position to convince everybody otherwise, however, then
more power to them.

~~Owen
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