the last component of the triphthong uoi was partially interpreted as the semivowel
2]) starts with a vowel quality of higher importance and ends in a semivowel
with less prominence.
da-dam- "blow," and, perhaps, some of the stems listed above) suggests that the Middle West Iranian formant -id- or -ad- has been reduced to semivowels
and then absorbed into the past stem.
Also, references concern Luick's account of the evolution of the cluster <sc> (179), fates of the velars (180-182), palatalisations (185), critical evaluation of Luick's account of the evolution of the semivowel
[j] (189), shift of the yogh to [hi (191), and consonant gemination (203-204).
It is common to find category 1 diphthongs set to a single note, to two notes, and in more melismatic writing, to any number of notes, so long as the syllabic vowel outnumbers the semivowel
The available evidence testifying presumably to the application of the rule in Old English is limited to virtually two cases, namely, genitive plural forms of i-stem nouns: Deni(g)a (< *dani) 'Dane' and wini(g)(e)a < (*wini) 'friend', both forms lacking the expected gemination of the nasal and preserving instead the palatal semivowel
(Erdman 1972: 409).
It may be found in the approach syllable, as a semivowel
ending a diphthong or triphthong, as in hereafter and o'erthrow.
In one and the same morpheme a semivowel
[j] is sometimes reported before [e, [euro]], sometimes not (examples of both on p.
If a syllable ends in a vowel or semivowel
it is "open;' and it is "closed" if it ends in a consonant.
We would also have to presume the insertion of an epenthetic -u-, here under the influence of the labial semivowel
, again a fairly common Prakritic development (cf.
The terms semivowel
and semiconsonant are used somewhat inconsistently in linguistic literature.
In other words, is the <i> a coda semivowel
[i] or an onset semiconsonant [j]?