On 10/30/10 7:08 AM, Roman Rausch wrote: > What are the typical diachronic changes of liquid consonants? > I noticed a vocalization of a palatalized [l] to [j], as Italian _piazza_ > from L. _platea_ and of a velarized [l] to [w] in Slavic, as Polish _Paweł_ > /'pavew/. Also in Polish, it seems that palatalized [r] becomes [Z`], a > retroflex fricative, spelled _rz_ (correct me, if wrong). > I guess both [r]> [l] and [l]> [r] are quite possible developments (the > latter in Sanskrit?). There's also the shift of final [l] to [w] in Portuguese. I'm not sure but this could only be a feature of the Brazilian dialects. > Is there anything else? Does reverse rhotacism [r]> [s] appear? Or > something like [r]> alveolar flap> [d]? > It somehow seems to me that liquids are among the most stable consonants, so > when creating a language family, one is a bit stuck with them if they appear > in the proto-language. Another feature is of Portuguese is the initial rhotic becoming [h].