Lachmann's law (part 2)

Title: Lachmann's law (part 2)
Author: Sukač, Roman
Source document: Linguistica Brunensia. 2013, vol. 61, iss. 1-2, pp. [3]-14
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According to the Bifurcation hypothesis, the glottal stop developed into glottalization in Balto-Slavic and lengthened the vowel nucleus in Latin. This idea has already been proposed by Kortlandt, but my explanation tries to show how and why it works. In the same syllabic structures where the both laws can be observed, the different development is due to the differently ranked *Vʔ constraint. Apart from this, Latin also faces closed syllable effect caused by moraic coda which apparently causes no lengthening. But the total weight in the bisyllabic structures remains the same and in the "ēsus" example the whole syllabic structure is also resyllabified. Lachmann's and Winter's laws are examples of how a common syllable structure develops differently in separate languages.
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