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staving John Vertical:


>*Does anyone have any creativ ideas for sound shifts starting from /@/? 
>Mine are epenthetic, so deletion would be pointless. Assimilation with the 
>following or preceding vowel comes first to my mind, but seems a little 
>too obvious. I can also think of raising it to /i\/, but is there any 
>precedent for that? Any other ideas are welcome too.

How about
Lenition the preceeding consonant, and then assimilation of the schwa to 
some feature of the following consonant (eg [@] > [U] before labials, [a] 
before glottals, [E] before palatals)?

Pete