xBlackHeartx wrote:Disappointed I haven't gotten any replies, but oh well, I guess no one could offer any help.
There are so many more sound changes out there. You don't even have to consult a reference work (like the LCKs) to find them. Just think about the changes which take place when you speak rapidly or casually: vowels and consonants get dropped or merged or assimilated, all sorts of sounds get (af)fricated due to palatalisation (not just /t/), entire syllables are lopped off, etc. And in fact, once you gave the matter a little thought, you figured out many of these yourself.Really the only two sound changes I've heard of are t and s becoming palatalized before an i or some other front vowel. And I've heard of laryngeal consonants turning e's into a's in PIE. Oh, and inter-vocalic consonants becoming voiced. But other than that, I'm clueless.
linguoboy wrote:Also, it was the weekend and I tend not to check Unilang much on weekends.
vijayjohn wrote:linguoboy wrote:Also, it was the weekend and I tend not to check Unilang much on weekends.
It's almost the opposite for me; weekends are the ultimate opportunity I have to post things, and there's a lot of those things to cram into any given weekend. Reading an entire essay by someone I've apparently never even met (though the user name sounds familiar for some reason...) is not at the top of my list of priorities under the circumstances.
xBlackHeartx wrote:How can you not know what happened to my account? I thought all the mods were getting my emails with Johanna.
I was xBlackWolfx, I had my account de-activated over a year ago. Recently, I tried to have it re-activated, only for Johanna to tell me that they accidentally deleted my inactive account when they went through and deleted a bunch of accounts that had never been confirmed. She explicitly told me that I just had to make a new account. Which I did, obviously.
xBlackHeartx wrote:One thing I'm having an issue with, is determining a reason for sound change. I keep thinking that sound change needs a trigger. Vowels harmonizing, consonant clusters assimilating, or something like that. It doesn't just happen ex nihilo, even though there are possible examples of this happening in the past. But was that really spontaneous, or is it that we just don't know the trigger? No one really has an answer to the great vowel shift English experienced half a millennia ago, but at that time the Normans had conquered Britain so some speculate that might have been what triggered the change.
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