Sindarin Phonetic Development (Part 70)

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S. [ɣ] became [i] between sonants and vowels; [{lrð}ɣV] > [{lrð}iV]

Where [ɣ] appears between a sonant (voiced consonants like [l], [r] and [ð]) and a vowel, it changed into the vowel [i], as noted by David Salo (GS/§4.152). All the examples we have of this phonetic development are from Noldorin, but we have no reason to believe Sindarin was any different:

Sindarin Phonetic Development (Part 65)

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S. [ę̄] became [ai]; [ę̄] > [ai]

The Primitive Elvish long vowel [ę̄], a slacker and lower long [ē], developed into [ai] in Sindarin (PE18/96). A similar sound change occurred in Noldorin, except at that conceptual stage Tolkien represented the sound as [ǣ], with a slightly different pronunciation. Tolkien described this sound change in several places, with somewhat different details each time:

Sindarin Phonetic Development (Part 64)

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S. [ǭ] became [au]; [ǭ] > [au]

The Primitive Elvish long vowel [ǭ], a slacker and lower long [ō], developed into [au] in Sindarin (PE18/96). A similar sound change occurred in Noldorin, though the exact details of the phonetic development are different. Tolkien described this sound change in several places, with somewhat different details each time:

I Entuvina Þandanasto

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Si lúmissen yá hlarimme pá kelvaron *aufirie ilaures, taite sinyar *tatallálime. *Minaþurindor utúvier i Tolde Kalápakos *þandanasto ya queni navalyaner *aufirina tensi. Esserya ná *þandanasto Fernandina. Inya nasto náse ar minaþurindor navir kénai olane ambe epe loar tuxa; ente navinte amba imye þandanastor oiar ké i tolde, etta estel ea sa i kelvaron nóte ololluva tuluryasse.

 


*þandanasto noun "shield-beast, turtle, tortoise"

*aufir- verb "die off, die out, become extinct"

*minaþurindo noun "researcher"