Brythonic ‘second lenition’ revisited

September 15, 2006

Second Colloquium of Societas Celto-Slavica, Moscow State University & Institute of Linguistics (Russian Academy of Sciences), Moscow, Russia

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Categories:  Celtic Laryngeal phonology Historical phonology

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In this talk I evaluate the arguments for two competing reconstructions regarding the laryngeal phonology of Proto-Brythonic. I defend the ‘new’ interpretation which underplays the role of a ‘fortis’ contrast and instead relies on two separate lenition processes (due to authors such as David Greene and Patrick Sims-Williams), against the ‘classical’ one due to Kenneth Jackson and defended by John Koch and Graham Isaac, which emphasizes the rôle of aspiration in Proto-Brythonic ‘voiceless’ stops. In many respects this talk does not really represent my current thinking, but some of the arguments seem to me to retain some value.

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I’m Pavel Iosad, and I’m a Senior Lecturer in the department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. ¶ You can always go to the start page to learn more.



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