Balto-Slavic remain centum - impact on the rest of phonology?

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Arayik Tonikyan
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Balto-Slavic remain centum - impact on the rest of phonology?

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If Balto Slavic langs stayed centum, would the rest of phonology be impacted in Slavic languages?
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Re: Balto-Slavic remain centum - impact on the rest of phonology?

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If you were willing to see through the later developments (for instance, Slavic open syllable 'constraints', palatalisations, etc.) then not much.
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Re: Balto-Slavic remain centum - impact on the rest of phonology?

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If you mean the Balto-Slavic satemization only was skipped, then Slavic wouldn't look that much different. The various waves of palatization would have affected the PIE palato-velars anyway. You would just see lots of /tS/ where modern Slavic languages have /s/. Latvian would be in much the same situation. Lithuanian, I believe, would be the only modern Balto-Slavic language with any PIE palato-velars realized as actual velars.
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