>True, and since I noticed you were getting fuzzy around the feet
> Yes, but so what? Tone matters in Mandarin but it doesn't stop
> speakers from similarly connecting /si4/ "four" with /si3/ "death".
> Hell, Torsten does it all the time, connecting things he thinks
> are similar-looking. It's a natural tendency of speakers to play
> with their language even unconsciously and connect dots that aren't
> there. So similarly, IE speakers would reapply the *s/*m to new
> structures such as they did by applying the animate/inanimate
> contrast of nouns in *-o-s and *-o-m respectively and applied it
> to adjectival declension.