Slavic Liquid Metathesis and Pleophony - Interpretation


It has been suggested that East Slavic preserved the actual state of affairs, i.e. that the vowel was inserted in Common Slavic period, and only subsequently it was lost in all dialects except in East Slavic, in a position preceding the liquid. So the exact development would be, e.g. in case of Serbo-Croatian:

  • PSl. *bardā 'beard' > *Common Slavic *boradā > *baradā > SCr. bráda

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