BP Jonsson skrev:

>Not all jV clusters in Scandinavian languages arise from breaking.  Notably
>the j/j found in words like jfr--
>thiufwer--tjuv arose from older *iu and *eu diphthongs.

Really? Interesting. ISTR Wessn saying something else
(regarding <tjuv>, that is, not about *iu and *eu),
but his theory why the syncope happened is a bit odd (people
started speaking *faster* :) ), so I guess some salt might
come in handy otherwise too.

>Breaking was always caused by *a or *u following in the next syllable after
>*e.  Of these *e-a gave _ja_ or _j_ and *e-u gave _jo_ or _j_; the ja/j
>and jo/j variation is dialect-dependent.

Well, I know about the e and a/u-affection, but I should
read up on the details (if only I could find that book).

IIRC, English breaking did go further with just not /e/
being affected.

> > Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

>I know what breaking is, but I'm not sure what you are getting at.

Me neither. :)  I went through all my books on the subject
at home, but couldn't find what I was looking for. It
must have been a book by either Wessn or ... oh god,
what's his name again? (This hangover really makes thinking
difficult.) Noren! (There it is.) I'll try to find it.

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