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Greek (Classical)

(Greece; Indo-European, Greek)

Summary:
a. Nasals, liquids and the glide 'w' metathesize with a following segment 'y'.
b. A PIE tautomorphemic coronal and velar stop sequence underwent metathesis in Greek.
Examples:
a. The glide 'w' metathesizes with 'y' regardless of of the quality of the preceding vowel.

*dawyo > *daywo > dai'o [dayyo] > 'kindle'
*ewrewya > *ewreywa > eure ia [ewreyya] > 'wide (f.)'

b. Nasals and liquids metathesize with 'y' only after 'a' and 'o'.

*morya > moira > 'lot'
*phanyo > phai'no > 'show'

c. A PIE tautomorphemic coronal and velar stop sequence underwent metathesis into Greek.

PIE Greek
*titko: [tikto:] 'beget'
*tkey- [ktizdo:] 'found'
Conditions:
No information currently available.
Motivation:
No information currently available.
Related Information:
No information currently available.
Symbols:
V' = stressed vowel

Last Updated: 6/13/2007
References:
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