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Easy - but you need to invent (sorry: discover) the "voicesless stop
disappears before sibilant" rule, or something like that.
1. Ledsa (this needs to be stressed on the 1st syllable)
2. Le:sa (application of rule above, with ensuing compensatory lengthening
of preceding vowel)
3. Leisa (long front vowel becomes paired front vowel glide)
4. Leis (unstressed final vowel disppears)
Mike
>    Anyone have any ideas about how to get from the protoform *LEDSA to the
> final form _leis_?