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A rule of deaspiration in ancient Greek

Paul Elbourne

in Laws and Rules in Indo‐European

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199609925
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741579 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609925.003.0008
A rule of deaspiration in ancient Greek

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This chapter revisits a sound law for the early history of Greek that was posited by the author in previous work (Historische Sprachforschung, 1998). In the context of arguing for the existence of a series of voiceless aspirated stops in Proto-Indo-European (PIE), Elbourne proposed that the inherited dental voiceless aspirated stop was deaspirated in Greek when it came after */s m n r l/. The chapter gives new suggestions for the formulation of the sound law and provides a fresh parallel, showing that the law was replicated in almost every detail in Egyptian koine. It concludes by arguing that some version of the law should be posited even by those who do not reconstruct voiceless aspirates for PIE.

Keywords: Greek; phonology; voiceless aspirates; Proto-Indo-European; Egyptian koine; Graeco-Aryan

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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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