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Marcus Smith wrote:
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> jesse stephen bangs wrote:
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> > >  Examples: ksabu > ksObu > ksO:b > kswOb > kusOb
> > >            btari > btEri > btE:r > btjEr > bitEr
> I was also curious about that example. I get the impression that creating a
> closed syllable usually shortens vowels instead of lengthening them

Maybe an intermediate step:

ksObu -> ksOub -> ksO:b
btEri -> btEir -> btE:r

Two instances of metathesis in that evolution.  Would be interesting.

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