Ilk. [ɣ] vanished; [ɣ] > [ø]
As indicated in the Comparative Tables, medial [ɣ] (= “ʒ”) vanished (PE19/23), as opposed to initial [ɣ] which became [g]. This vanishing was also true of [ɣ] that developed from medial [g] when voiced stops spirantalized after vowels, and was thus probably later than this change. The clearest example of this development is ᴹ✶tūgu > tūgh> Ilk. tû (Ety/TUG).
It is likely that the medial [ɣ] developed into a vowel in some cases, as part of the process whereby [g] became [i] between an [l] and a vowel or [g] vocalized before [m], [n], but there is not enough evidence to determine the exact process.
|After||04300||voiced stops spirantalized after vowels||ᴹ✶tūgu > tūgh > Ilk. tū||Ety/TUG|
Phonetic Rule Elements
||✧ PE19/23 (-h- > -); PE19/23 (-ʒ- > -)|
Phonetic Rule Examples
|-ɣi- > -i-||ɣ > ø||ᴹ✶-gj- > Ilk. -ı̯-||✧ PE19/23|
|tūɣ > tū||ɣ > ø||ᴹ✶tūgu > tūgh > Ilk. tū||✧ Ety/TUG|
|-ɣ- > -ø-||ɣ > ø||ᴹ✶-g- > Ilk. -||✧ PE19/23|
|-ɣw- > -øw-||ɣ > ø||ᴹ✶-gw- > Ilk. -w-||✧ PE19/23|