Re: The meaning of life: PIE. *gWiH3w-
Where is your "Western American" evidence of a laryngeal in *hna:s-
'nose', *gHla:dH- 'smooth' or *wa:g^- 'break'?
What about Salish :
North-west is nearly western.
Shushwap : Hwnism or sHwnis "snot"
Colville : n&asm or sn&as "snot"
Hence (sic !!)
initial h is voiceless pharyngeal
a: is from a& voiced pharyngeal