Re: Re[2]: [tied] Re: Marked nominative

From: Glen Gordon
Message: 22039
Date: 2003-05-17

>Hey, don't think your own thery is all that good either.

I had a slice of humble pie once. I didn't like it :P

PS: Theory is spelled with an "o"... which as we all know proves
conclusively that /r/ is voiced :P

>If the whole form *so is identical with the nominative marker and so
>fulfils that function too, it is understandable that there is no further
>"ending" sitting on the end of the form.

No. You're on the wrong path. Let me guide you back.

The reason why *so has no ending is also because it was undeclinable.
It was a particle without case ending of any kind. To put a case
ending on it would be sacriledge.

In contrast, as I've repeatedly said, *to- was clearly declined. It was
coincidently given the inanimate ending to boot. I think that the
major factor here is declinability that caused the lop-sided system
we see.

Regardless, this doesn't change the obvious conclusion that *-s and
*-d must derive from *so- and *to- and my declinability arguement
is justified because it is what we see...

So where is the problem? This is much different from merely
assuming that a single *o indicates voicing. This is a much more
obscure conclusion with many other probabilities of somewhat
equal value that are being ignored.

On the other hand, there is no other explanation for the origin of
*-s versus *-d except via *so- and *to-.

- gLeN

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