Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online

Get access

(2,997 words)

Polnoglasie ‘pleophony’ or ‘full vocalism’ refers to East Slavic resolution of Proto-Slavic diphthongs ending in the liquids *r and *l. In the East Slavic languages, these diphthongs have reflexes with a vowel on each side of the sonorant (e.g., ORu zoloto, Ru, Uk zóloto, Br zólata ‘gold’ < PSl *zolt- < PIE *ǵʰolt-) as opposed to South and West Slavic reflexes with a vowel in postsonorant position (e.g., OCS zlato, Bg zlató, Cz zlato, Po złoto, etc.). Polnoglasie includes two varieties, according to their origin and dialectal distribution: primary polnoglasie   (see…

Cite this page
Popov, Mikhail B., “Polnoglasie”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief General Editor Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032049>
First published online: 2020

▲   Back to top   ▲