A Historical Phonology of the Upper and Lower Sorbian by Gunter Schaarschmidt

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Ninth century. Po and Pb were peripheral to the So - P area~ as evidenced by their tendency to leave the original CoarC sequence intact, cf. a bwrna 'harrow', Pb bornti : USo brdna, LSo P brona. As far as the phonological structure of OSo is concerned, the metathesis of liquids resulted in the further reduction of words with closed syllables. Actually, after metathesis, the functional diphthongs CiSC/CuSC remained the only type of closed syllable in So. , by creating new sequences pr Ir kr that now contrasted with P[ If k[ (see chapter 12).

LSo iewjes (with i> e in unstressed position, see chapter 23), cf. P dziewirc; USo Ijad 'row', LSo red, cf.

In sections 2) and 3), the latter being dubious. In the other cases, the backing ofthe vowel actually resulted in an increase in the frequency of occurrence of palatalized consonants before back vowels. In this way, the processes governed by the principle of intersyllabic harmony countermanded the very conditioning factors that had triggered these processes in the first place. This is probably the reason why such processes were often either optional or were restricted to particular lexical items.

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