Three-Way Contrast of Secondary Articulations in PIE

David L. White dlwhite at
Wed Apr 11 00:19:17 UTC 2001

[ Moderator's note:
  The following quoted material is taken from Miguel Carrasquer Vidal's post
  dated 5 Apr 2001.
  --rma ]

>>        Anyway, that's my understanding.  It could be wrong.  The real
>> question, hopefully a fairly straightforward empirical one, is whether it
>> is a fact the Caucasian languages have systems with three-way contrasts.

> They have, for instance Abkhaz.  There is no problem with
> coarticulations, as Abkhaz does not have /i/ and /u/.

        Yes, but is that in a one-vowel analysis or the two-vowel analysis?

Dr. David L. White

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