LINGUIST List 15.2162

Wed Jul 28 2004

Qs: Metaphonic Processes/CV Syllables

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  1. Joaquim Brand´┐Żode Carvalho, Qs: syllable-sensitive umlaut

Message 1: Qs: syllable-sensitive umlaut

Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 14:17:11 +0000
From: Joaquim Brand´┐Żode Carvalho <>
Subject: Qs: syllable-sensitive umlaut

Dear colleagues,

Does anybody know of a language where metaphonic processes involving 
the leftward propagation of [front], as in western Germanic, or 
[high], as in many Romance areas, affect only CV-syllabes? This could 
be illustrated as follows:

CeCi > CiCi (high)
CoCi > CuCi (high) or CoeCi (front)
but CeC-Ci and CoC-Ci remain unchanged.

Of course, umlaut may also cause diphthongization, especially when 
the target vowel is low or mid-low. My question also concerns these 

Thank you very much in advance for any information. I will post a 
summary if there are enough responses.
Joaquim Brandao de Carvalho
Universite de Paris 8 / CNRS UMR 7023

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