[Lingtyp] question about sound alternation/change

Siva Kalyan sivakalyan.princeton at gmail.com
Sat Apr 4 10:58:49 UTC 2015

According to Martin Kümmel’s Konsonantenwandel (p. 197), the (unconditioned) changes *tɕ > t and *dʑ > d are attested in Lycian, Arcado-Cypriot (Greek), and Sindhi (Indo-Aryan). Similar changes are also found in dialects of Spanish and in Finno-Ugric languages (Udmurt and Khanty).


> On 4 Apr 2015, at 9:32 pm, Eitan Grossman <eitan.grossman at mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I'm interested in the extent to which synchronic alternations or sound changes like [c] > [t] are common (or not). The palatal 'input' could also be an affricate [t͡ʃ], the important thing being that the result is a dental or alveolar [t]-like segment.
> If anyone has examples of such a process, whether as a synchronic alternation or as a documented or reconstructible sound change, I'd be very happy to hear about it, and to post a summary.
> Thanks and happy holidays to all!
> Eitan
> Eitan Grossman
> Lecturer, Department of Linguistics/School of Language Sciences
> Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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