A historical phonology of the Macedonian language by Blaze Koneski

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It is now clear, however, that the territory in question was differentiated in this regard. Recently, K . Mircev accepted the unification of the pronun­ ciation of the nasals for Bg as a whole, as the basis of the change in their spelling representation. e. the merger of the nasals and jers into a single ‘indefinite’ vowel with the reflex of g and b palatalizing the preceding consonant, is only found in M in the peripheral SE dialects (see § 28). 63. In most M dialects, the situation was different.

This was the case with sud ‘court’ , whose adoption avoided homonymy between sad ‘dish, vessel’ and sad ‘legal institution (court)’ . g. Tikves). One must distinguish some old doublets with o and u from the abovementioned examples. These doublets were inherited from CS and some of them occur in OCS te x ts: nozda and nuzda ‘need’ , gnositi sg and gnusiti sg ‘be disgusted’ . Such is also the case with the prefix spjsu-. Cf. in MoM gnasen ~ gnusen ‘disgusting’ (Goce Delcev, Kastoria), ponada ~ ponuda ‘gift of food’ (Voden - Gr Edessa), ruzam ‘prepare (a horse)’ 1 sg, skuden ‘meager’, samrak ~ sumrak ‘dawn, dusk’ , sumal ‘rather small’ , Sateska (river-name in W Macedonia).

62. The texts of the 12th-13th centuries display a significant departure from OCS texts in the use of the letters for the nasal vowels. This phenome­ non, which is characteristic of both M and Bg texts from this period, is known b y the name of ‘the confusion of the nasal vowels’ . This designation is not the least bit felicitous because it puts too m uch emphasis on the spel­ ling system which in turn could lead to tying together of a complex of phenomena and processes which were quite diverse in the spoken language.

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