Drawing from insights in linguistic typology and synchronic theory, he makes two significant advances in our understanding of PIE phonology. First, by analyzing securely reconstructable consonant clusters at word’s edge, he devises a methodology which allows us to predict which types of consonant clusters could occur word-medially in PIE. Thus, a number of previously disconnected phonological rules can now be understood as being part of a conspiracy motivated by violations in syllable structure. Second, he uncovers evidence of morphological influence within the syllable, created by processes such as quantitative ablaut. These advances allow us to view PIE as a synchronic grammar, one which can be described by -- and contribute to -- modern linguistic theory.
forcefully implies that constraints of human cognition and linguistic typology have a determinative influence on how early logo-syllabic writing can develop and be adapted. From the perspective of the Sinographic cosmopolis, the story of the spread of the Chinese-character script has two complementary and
Exploring Inflectional Semantics in the Rigveda
Jason D. Haugen and Michael Everdell
language families, understanding the diachronic developmental pathways of suppletive morphology is also more broadly relevant to linguistic typology and theories of morphology. Several recent large-scale survey works have sought out a deeper understanding of the attested patterns of suppletion in the
Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka
form [ this someone’s] something , proposing a set of interrelated semantic schemas for them. Before that, however, we want to explain a major difference between the nsm approach to “possession” and the mainstream view in linguistic typology. We will do this in Section 2. To anticipate, from the
The Evolution of Noun Classes from Latin to Italian
In light of Chinese historical phonology, modern dialects, languages of Chinese minorities and field phonetics, this paper discusses (1) the development of the Yi-initial words from Old Chinese to Middle Chinese, (2) the development of the Lai-initial words from Middle Chinese to modern dialects, (3) the phonological behavior of segment l in different syllabic positions from the perspective of evolutionary phonology. Such evolutionary developments as palatalization, velarization, nasalization, labiodentalization, fricativization, strengthening and so on can be identified for approximant l. This provides an important panchronic and typological perspective for the interpretation of both diachronic changes and synchronic variation.
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