Re: [tied] Re: *pot-

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 36355
Date: 2005-02-17

On 05-02-17 00:12, Miguel Carrasquer wrote:

> I was thinking that the main effect of the reduction would
> have been to reduce simplex 3-syllable potnia to 2-syllable
> -potnja. While the cluster -tn- is not reduced in Greek,
> the cluster -tnj-, for all we know, *is*, to -jn-. I'm
> pretty sure there are no counterexamples.

<potna> (var. of <potnia>) seems to be one, whereas <ekHidna> may
illustrate the parallel treatment of -dnj- (stop remains, glide goes).
It looks as if the *-tn- had undergone irregular simplification in
<despoina> after all. Cf. the very early reduction of *-pt- to -p- in
compounds like <aigupios> (cf. Skt. r.ji-pyĆ”-), not found in simplex words.