Elliott Lash: > Christian Thalmann <[log in to unmask]> writes: > <SNIP> > > > > Neither does he seem to've liked /G/, which swiftly disappears > > > everytime it turns up in the Elvish languages, but persists in Black > > > Speech. > > > > This, on the other hand, is a clear case. > > > > Also, I do think he disliked /2/, since it would have occurred in > > Sindarin's umlauting system, but got merged into /y/ and /e/. > > Or, he was just doing with Sindarin exactly what Old English did: > > fo:t "foot" > fo:t > fo:t > fo:t > fo:t > fUt > fo:tiz "feet" > fo:ti > f2:ti > f2:t > fe:t > fi:t I understtod Christian's point to be that Sindarin did what OE did (as surely it did do) because Tolkien disliked . It's striking too how Quenya has the consonants of Finnish but the vowels of Latin, not Finnish. So I guess Christian is correct. --And.