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Hi!

Benct Philip Jonsson <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> R A Brown skrev:
>...
> > The German form is also odd in showing the reduction of either
> > Classical Latin /a:r/ or vulgar Latin stressed /ar(e)/ to unstressed
> > [@(r)]. It has all the appearance of a semi-learned borrowing from
> > the Classical Nominative (3rd decl. nominatives were normally
> > remodeled on the basis of the acc. in Vulgar Latin - a similar thing
> > has happened in Greek) -
> > but see below.
>
> Not necessarily.  Germanic had, with the exception of a small
> closed set of prefixes, regular word-initial stress. Germanic
> speakers may well have turned [kai'sarem] into ['kaisarem].

Yes, I think so, too.  And that's also what I assume for Thrjotran:
immediate stress shift to first syllable (with all the secondary
effects).  I think it's very feasible -- the *-ar probably reduced
later in German reduction of endings.

**Henrik