Fw: [tied] RE: a:-stems

From: Patrick Ryan
Message: 58388
Date: 2008-05-06

Miguel, I am resending this email because I would be very interested in
_your_ response to it.

I have references that give me full details on the inflections of the simple
*a:-stems but thank you for your efforts to detail them.

I am interested only in the example you gave below of a development that you
thought the 'Laryngeal' Theory could explain but my Vocalic Theory could

I contend that the the Vocalic Theory can explain it quite comfortably.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Patrick Ryan" <proto-language@...>
To: "CYBALIST" <cybalist@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2008 7:26 PM
Subject: [tied] RE: a:-stems

> Miguel, in our discussion of the 'Vocalic Theory', you mentioned an
> example of a development that you thought the VT could not explain:
> specifically, the instrumental singular of -*a-stems, which you set forth
> as follows:
> "
> -y-Ha(:).
> That's hardly satisfactory. We have three morphemes here:
> the thematic vowel (*-o-), the feminine marker *-yeh2- ~
> *-ih2-, and the instrumental ending *-eh1. The combine as
> *-o-yh2-ah1, with colouring of the instrumental ending by
> the *h2 of the feminine.
> "
> I would like to clarify that is what you meant to write because it does
> not correlate with other information I have on this inflection.
> We are talking, I presume, about the -*ia: variant of the *a-stems.
> First, I see no trace of a "thematic vowel". I can find no reference to
> *a-stems having thematic vowels in the materials I have.
> My sources list the instrumental singular of *a:-stems as *Ø.
> You called it -*yH2eH1, which amounts to -*a:.
> Can you clarify this at all?
> ***