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Mar 29, 2015 (16:54)
A random discovery as I was studying on Sindarin/Noldorin phonology.
David Salo marked S.
"thatch" as an irregular development from its primitive form *
(GS:287). The primitive
would first become a spirant and then a vowel, producing
in normal Sindarin development (GS:§4.81 §4.82, §4.91; pp. 44-46).
However, there are a couple of examples in the Etymologies where primitive
in Old Noldorin: *
(Etym:KHYEL) and *
(Etym:PEL). Ordinarily such a change would have no effect, since the final vowel would be lost either way. However, in the cause of *
, the final vowel would cause a-affection before vanishing, producing
In this case, when the spirant became a vowel, it would produce
under regular development (GS:§4.82, §4.90; pp. 44-46). The late diphthong
would develop into
as usual, making
a regular development from
. All we need is the extra phonetic rule of
in Old Noldorin/Sindarin.
This change did not apply to primitive
, which remained: ON. (s)pharasse (Etym:SPAR) and also *
(Etym:TYUL) where no a-affection occurred.