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Phonology squib: ‘Clay’ in Proto-Uralic

I have a principle that applies quite often when working with quantity-over-quality mass comparative dictionaries (papers, databases, etc.): what is asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. The UEW is, unfortunately, a repeat offender on assertions without evidence. This

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Proto-Uralic *ŋx?

My earlier post ‘Swan’ in Uralic alluded to the possibility of reconstructing Proto-Uralic also *x in positions where it has not previously been considered to occur, particularly by reanalyzing some clusters with *k in them. This is not an idle

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Prothesis in Permic (and related matters)

A certain type of soundlaw that frequently seems to occur across the Uralic languages is the prothesis of a labial semivowel before “medium-strong” labial vowels. Two clear examples are Samic and Finnic, where this has occurred before the long vowel

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