--- Christophe Grandsire
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
<huge snip>
> The /G/ -> /r/ transformation looks quite plausible
> to me. I do /G/ -> /R/ all
> the time ;))) . The /R/ -> /R\/ is not impossible
> (since /s/ -> /r/ is, why not
> a nearly parallel change there?) and the /R\/ -> /r/
> is even well represented
> if we agree that the rhotic in Ancient Greek was
> /R\/ and became /r/ in Modern
> Greek (which is what the common reconstruction of
> Ancient Greek points at).

uvular trill in ancient greek ? that's the first i've
heard of it. certainly sydney allen ( vox graeca )
puts forward /r/ rather than /R\/, and his is the most
comprehensive research into greek phonetics i'm aware
of. i've always considered greek as having two
allophones : [r] and word initial [r_0], geminating to
[rr_0] . . . am i wrong ?


bnathyuw | landan | arR
stamp the sunshine out | angelfish
your tears came like anaesthesia | phèdre

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