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Early a-umlaut in West Uralic?

In a footnote to my previous post I passingly speculated that Finnic *ä-backing: *ä-ä > *a-ə (> late Proto-Finnic *a-i : *a-ë-) should perhaps be split in two phases: stem vowel reduction leading to a split from *ä-ə as an

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Beginning to uncover Proto-Uralic allophony?

To get things rolling again: some comments on a new solution to the issue of (some of) the “secondary” e-stems in Finnic. This was presented by Ante Aikio a few weeks ago, in a seminar held by the Finno-Ugrian Society

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