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[Jul. 10th, 2006|01:15 pm]
Proto-Indo-European dorsals

The Centum-Satem isogloss explains the evolution of the three dorsal rows reconstructed for PIE, *kʷ, *gʷ, *gʷʰ (labiovelars), *k, *g, *gʰ (velars), and *ḱ, *ǵ, *ǵʰ; (palatovelars) in the daughter languages. A division into a Centum and a Satem group does only make sense with a view to the parent language with the full inventory of dorsals. Later sound changes within a specific branch of Indo-European that are similar to one of the changes, such as the palatalization of Latin k to s in some Romance languages or the merger of *kʷ with *k in the Goidelic languages, have no effect on the grouping.

I think I need to know more about this shit. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is pretty inspiring, expecially when you're reading next to wikipedia.

Things I need to look up: dorsal rows, PIE, labiovelars, velars, palatovelars, daughter languages...

[User Picture]From: mr_quackenbush
2006-07-10 08:33 pm (UTC)

a couple of good books on phonology and sound change

I recommend:
American English: Dialects and Variation by Wolfram and Schilling-Estes
English Phonetics and Phonology: A Practical Course by Peter Roach
A Course in Phonetics by Peter Ladefoged

I can lend you the first two, but the third one is expensive so I read it sitting in the aisles at the UW bookstore.
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