OP u- and udhu- Verbs
Rory M Larson
rlarson at unlnotes.unl.edu
Tue Nov 30 19:11:12 UTC 2004
>On Sun, 14 Nov 2004, Rory M Larson wrote:
>> In this context, it might be worth mentioning again that our
>> speakers insist that the sequence
>> should be pronounced
> Interesting! No perceptible nasalization?
Alright, I'm going to have to backpedal a little bit here.
Of our two speakers, one prefers aNgu'-[root], while the
other accepts either but seems to favor ugu'-[root].
However, when ugu'-[root] is used, the initial vowel
seems to me to be clearly [u], with no perceptible
Perhaps this is just a bleeding of the accented second
syllable vowel into the unaccented first syllable, as
seems to happen in several similar morphological situations:
*u-aN'-[root] => aNwaN'-[root]
*u-iN'-[root] => iNwiN'-[root]
*i-o'-[root] => udhu'-[root]
*i-aN'-[root] => aNdhaN'-[root]
In these cases, the original first vowel is marked by
its consonantal epenthesis (u- => @w-; i- => @dh-), but
was originally in [vowel] + [vowel] position. But for
*uNk-u'-[root] => aNgu'-[root] => ugu'-[root], the vowel
leveling has to jump a stop consonant.
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