Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Contributions to a relative chronology of Persian: The non-change of postconsonantal y and w in Middle Persian in context

Abstract : Old Persian shows a change of postconsonantal y, w to iy, uw, respectively. However, applying (pre )Middle Persian sound changes to the Old Persian forms, the result is at variance with certain Middle Persian forms. If one were to assume a syncope reversing the Old Persian change of y, w to iy, uw, this would affect also old cases of iy, uw and likewise yields wrong results in Middle Persian. The Old Persian change can thus not have operated in the prehistory of Middle Persian; there is thus a dialectal difference between attested Old Persian and the later stages of the language, which is to be added to those already noted. I also discuss some sound changes that chronologically depend on the Old Persian change in one way or the other, thus collecting evidence for the relative chronology of Persian historical phonology. The appendix presents a tentative sequence of the processes discussed in this article.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadata

https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-02985361
Contributor : Agnes Korn <>
Submitted on : Monday, November 2, 2020 - 10:27:02 AM
Last modification on : Monday, April 19, 2021 - 1:29:03 PM

Identifiers

Citation

Agnes Korn. Contributions to a relative chronology of Persian: The non-change of postconsonantal y and w in Middle Persian in context. Indo-European Linguistics, Brill, In press, 9, pp.1-43. ⟨10.1163/22125892-bja10009⟩. ⟨halshs-02985361⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

54