Three-Way Contrast of Secondary Articulations in PIE

Rick Mc Callister rmccalli at sunmuw1.MUW.Edu
Fri Mar 16 19:43:52 UTC 2001

Wouldn't <nert> and <neirt> both be palatalized?

>        The discussion shows more clearly that Thurneysen _believed_ that
>Old Irish had three consonantal qualities than that it did.  As a
>pre-phonemic Neo-Grammarian he felt no need to adduce minimal or even
>near-minimal pairs, and did not do so.  Nonetheless, I have found at least
>one:  "nert" vs. "neirt" vs. "neurt".  The problem is that this, and all the
>other possible cases I have come across, involve /r/, which is more than a
>litle suspect for a distinction that is supposed to have existed "across the

Rick Mc Callister
Mississippi University for Women
Columbus MS 39701

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