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- adj. Of or pertaining to an allophone.
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- adj. of or pertaining to an allophone.
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- adj. pertaining to allophones
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If *kap is actually reconstructible as *qap - you guys would know if this is the case - this might be a simple case of allophonic variation entering into the equation.
These allophonic realisations varying by dialect would have resulted in the variety of realisations in daughter languages.
Granted, allophonic preaspiration is not quite normal either and were it phonemic, it would not be any less of an assumption than a phonemic *ts or *st would, I'm only bringing this possibility up to point that *ts and *st are not the only viable options here.
"Aren't you precisely ascribing allophonic shwa devoicing as the cause of sibilant insertion?"
Aren't you precisely ascribing allophonic shwa devoicing as the cause of sibilant insertion?
They were, as I stated before, initially produced by allophonic differences dependent on the neighbouring vowel.
If I'm not mistaken, this initially allophonic labial colouring of *e by *h₃ had started before the dissolution of the PIE speech community.
So far, I'm thinking that gemination was merely an allophonic variation of non-geminated phonemes.
Alternately, if your normal/supershort shwa distinction is not supposed to be allophonic, I'd also be very interested in seeing an example of a language distinguishing length only in reduced vowels.
You have to consider though that there are differences in languages: what phonetic cues are considered fundamental to a phoneme, differences in allophonic range, differences in the overall phonology, etc.