The PIE r-stem words seem to have lost the final -r in PSl: OCS mati, dъšti, and how some words which had -r (and -l) in final position preserve this consonant in the middle of words in slavic?

  • i assume you do know that many Slavic languages have brat instead of bratr... Which sound change or law do you believe removed the final liquids? Or do you propose such law? You write "seem to have lost" does it seem to you or do you have some citation of some scholarly resource? Jun 20, 2021 at 18:26
  • By whom? Please provide a citation. In general, Slavic lost many final consonants due to the law of open syllables. However, here we have an open syllable thanks to the final yer. Jun 20, 2021 at 18:36
  • It is commonly accepted that PSl lost all final consonants (-r, -t, -d, -s) at different stages of development of PSl. Many scholars explain the cause of this language phenomenon as “law of rising sonority “, although I highly doubt that if all the final consonants dropped on this account.
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    Jun 20, 2021 at 18:44
  • OK, that is the broader version that includes the law of the open syllables. Does “bratrъ" violate this law? I do not think so. Depending on what the preceding form was it may or may not be the most-straightforward expected result, but I do not think the law is violated. Jun 20, 2021 at 18:48
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    That's fine, I can manage to get it through the library if needed. However, if there is some answer to this queation in there, you can write an answer with the content. Jun 22, 2021 at 18:15


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