Re: [tied] All of creation in Six and Seven

From: Jens Elmegaard Rasmussen
Message: 27759
Date: 2003-11-27

On Thu, 27 Nov 2003, Harald Hammarstrom wrote:
> Some more details: The numeral is frequently written as 7-an which could
> point to a form PAnatolian *siptan- which could however not to back
> to PIE *septm. (because PIE *-m. securely gives Hitt. -un so /s^ipta-/
> could not be direct descendant either). For the same phonological
> reason s^iptamiya- cannot be an intra-Hittite derivation from a
> Hitt. cardinal *s^iptam but must go back to PIE if it is *septm. + *iyo-.

While both Eichner and Melchert say this, I do not find it compelling as
long as no other examples of *accented* syllabic /m/ have been presented.
Melchert's phonology is full of little rules reflecting a high degree of
sensitivity to the accent in the treatment of vowels in Anatolian. It
therefore remains a serious possibility that syllabic /m/ developed an
a-vowel when accented.