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John Cowan wrote:
>
> Eric Christopherson wrote:
>
> > Here's a chart of vowel changes in Vulgar Latin (IIRC):
>
> Warning: this is the table for the *Western* Romance languages
> only; it does not apply to Romanian or Sardinian (or Brithenig),
> which have different rules.  (In Romanian, short and long o
> became o, short and long u became u; in Sardinian, long/short
> just collapsed everywhere and c/g did not palatalize, so
> Sardinian sounds very "archaic".)

Do you mean to say that in Romanian short and long o collapse, but
short and long e stay separate?

>
> > Y seemed to work the same as I, but I don't know if there was a
> > difference between short and long Y as there was between short and
> > long I.
>
> Y was used in Greek words only, and represented /y/ in the classical
> language, but in popular speech was pronounced /i/ and obeyed the
> same sound changes.

I believe I in some Latin words was replaced with Y for some reason,
as in lacrima (old form) > lachryma (or was lachryma an actual Greek
borrowing?)