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Claw wrote: After that, metathesis occurred which changed /ʐɨ/ to /ɨʐ/ I'd like to add that Karlgren envisioned the crucial step as vocalic epenthesis (insertion of a vowel) rather than metathesis (inversion of two segments). He envisioned a stage in which these syllables were syllabic /ńź/ through loss of the final vowel, after which a schwa was ...

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