Re: Cowboys on Horseback (Germanic)

From: Alexander Stolbov
Message: 259
Date: 1999-11-13

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I could perhaps answer this question if you told me more precisely which morphological similarities you have in mind. The way you put it, it sounds as if Germanic and Balto-Slavic were really very close morphologically. Cross-linguistic grammatical convergence is certainly common (whatever your double question mark suggests). For example, there are many morphological similarities uniting the unrelated or distantly related languages of the Balkan league (such as Romanian, Bulgarian and Turkish); one could also invoke examples of Finnic influence on the East Baltic languages.
Dear Piotr,
You have demonstrated with a high convincingness that all my attempts to reconcile the Germano-Balto-Slavic kinship hypothesis with the phonetical evidences were too weak. Now, on the ruins of my previous notions, I sincerely wish to see the reconcilability of the Germano-Balto-Slavic Sprachbund hypothesis with the morphological evidences. They are the following (I have taken them from the Cyril's site - Archive 13. Indo-European Proto-dialects):
1. Genitive sg. -eso in Germanic and Baltic, -ó in Baltic and Slavic, -osyo in Indo-Iranian, Greek, Armenian vs. -í in Tocharic, Italic, Celtic, Venetic, Illyrian
2. Instrumental masculine sg. -ó  in Germanic, Baltic and Indo-Iranian
3. Indirect cases sg. & pl. -m- in Germanic and Balto-Slavic
4. Locative pl. -su / -si   in Germanic, Balto-Slavic and Indo-Iranian
5. Degrees of comparison in -tero-, -isto- in Germanic, Indo-Iranian and Greek vs. -samo- in Celtic, Italic
6. Medium voice in -oi / -moi  in Germanic, Balto-Slavic, Indo-Iranian and Greek vs. -r  in Anatolian, Tocharic, Italic, Celtic, Phrygian

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