Re: [tied] tt/st/ss

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 48983
Date: 2007-06-14

On 2007-06-13 23:36, stlatos wrote:

> But OE may just have analogy with botl, etc.

But *seTla- is also attested elsewhere in Germanic. Its meaning is more
remote from the sense of the verb, and figurative rather than literal
(not 'stool' but 'site'), which may suggest an older derivative.

> Lengthening doesn't
> always take place before a voiced stop; I think a V with tone won't
> lengthen before d in the same syllable.

But Slavic has got *se:d- > *se^d-, not *sed- in all forms of the verb
and its derivatives (so has Baltic). The one exceptional form is the
present *seNdoN, with what looks like secondary nasality replacing
non-transparent reduplication (*sezde/o- > *sende/o-). *sedUlo- is
definitely the odd man out.

> That doesn't account for Greek, and maybe *sedtro+ > hedra: also.

The analogical regularisation of *setlo- > *sedlo- could have taken
place at any time in any branch. The etymology of <hedra:> is a separate
question, though of course the root is the same.