Revisiting the phoneme inventory of Common Iranian (phonological status of *l).

2013. №5, 58-88


The aim of this paper is to make more exact the phonological inventory of proto-language system of the Iranian linguistic family. The fragment of a sub-system of liquids is discussed, that is the phonological state of */. Reconstruction is performed on the base of etymologies of Iranian lexemes which continue the corresponding Indo-European ones containing */. Words with Proto-Iranian */ in anlaut position are selected as samples for this paper as more significant for Iranian phonological system because consonants in this position are most stable.