Sindarin Phonetic Development (Part 85)

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S. [ī], [ū] often shortened in polysyllables; [ī|ū] > [ĭ|ŭ]

Just as long vowels shortened before clusters, it seems that in both Sindarin and Noldorin the long vowels [ī], [ū] often shortened in polysyllables, as noted by David Salo (§4.166). Tolkien mentioned this phonetic development in his notes on the Noldorin usage of the Feanorian Alphabet from the 1930s:

15th March - Lúmequenta Siaréva

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Síra ná i lepenquea ré Súlimeo - i asto entya ré.

  • Romani estaner si ré Idus Martis - nése i koranaro minya quanta Rána. I koranares 44 nó Hristo i *kaisar Julius Caesar nahtana ló Marcus Brutus ar exe arqueni to i ambo Capitolium.
  • I koranares 1848 Matyarnóresse *amortale *menune *anqua i Habsburg túrindie. I mahtie xéyane loa atta ar i mettasse né tapina.
  • Si aures yú: queni kanaqain nerte nahtane  mi Christchurch, Vinya Earnor... :(

 


*kaisar n. "emperor, caesar, tzar" loan