- Language Family
Fricatives in sequences of vowel (V) + sonorant (R) + s underwent debuccalization, metathesis and then assimilation to vowels in Attic Greek: *VRs > VRh > VhR > V:R
Type(s) of metathesis
Case types and qualities
- Alveolar fricative
*owsata > *owhata > *ohwata > oúata 'ear'
*enemsa > *enemha > *enehma > enēma 'distributed'
No conditions could be found
The metathesis is not entirely transparent in Attic Greek (as all historical *VRs have become V:R), but Kiparsky (1967) proposes this sequence of sound change in order to account for the systematic distribution of V:R in Attic-Ionic Greek and VR: in Lesbian-Thessalian Greek.
Kiparsky, P. 1967. Sonorant clusters in Greek. Lg. 43. vol. 3. 619-35.
Steriade, Donca. 1982. Greek prosodies and the nature of syllabification. Cambridge, MA: MIT dissertation.