[Histling-l] excrescence by regular rule?
ac6000 at wayne.edu
Wed Sep 13 14:46:26 EDT 2017
Does anyone know of a reconstruction in which someone has posited a regular change involving insertion of a consonant between two other consonants? I had always thought of excrescence as a sound change that operates on individual words in an unpredictable fashion (that is, the low-level transitional consonant is phonologized unpredictably), but am wondering if there are cases where someone believes it to have operated in a regular, rule-governed fashion to an entire set of words.
I am especially interested in insertions of the “thimble”/“hombre” type, but would be interested in examples of the “Hampshire” type as well.
Many thanks in advance!
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