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Paul Bennett wrote:
> I'm a bit out of my depth here, but doesn't PIE have a two-vowel system with /E/
> and /O/? (or is it /e/ and /o/?)

One theory has it that PIE had /e/ and /o/, with [i] and [u] as
allophones of /j/ and /w/.  Since [i] and [u] were already "taken",
that's why the vowel phonemes were /e/ and /o/.

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