>I didn't say it was an infix, just that derivatives of the roots both meant 'wide', etc. It's possible they're related, but PIE didn't fix the order of C; it was morphologically arbitrary (probably changed to make the best phonotactic arrangement as each new C was added).
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> > > > I think the only semantic connection is 'wide, broad, spread out' w 'wide (field), earth (goddess)', such as Litavi: Gaul; Plataiaí G; pr,th[i]ví:- V S; ptsí = measure for fields Kamv; and formally the suffix is the very common "god-maker" *-xY-n.o- .
> What basis do you have for arbitrarily infixing a lateral into a PIE root?
>I don't think any additional complications are needed. It's already seen that tx > tHx was opt.:
> > > Another bit of ev. for the equivalent meaning 'wide' for deriv. of *pet-x+ and *pelt-x+ in at least Italic is:
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> > > Patavium L; Padua It;
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> > > a place-name orig. prob. just 'field, land', like Plataiaí , etc.
> That is a mere guess on your part. The -d- is ancient (Catullus etc.) and the -t- in <Patavium> is best explained as reflecting an Etruscan intermediate form, since this area was heavily colonized by Etruscans in the 7th-6th c. BCE. That is, the pre-Etr. protoform *Padowi- was Etruscanized as *Patawi- and passed to the archaic Romans as *Pataviom.
> > So, assuming a relation of pateo: with petánnu:mi , met. of e-a: > a-e: could have been included, instead of a derivative in *-exY+, though it's hard to tell.What is more or less arbitrary than your * pht- that can't explain the -a- in pathana- = broad Av; etc., and the necessarily opt. e>a-a in patáne: = flat dish G; vs. pétalos = broad / flat G; (one of many obvious irregular assimilations in G short vowels)? It should be obvious, in this root in particular, that many irregular and opt. changes occurred in IE, including the tn>dn>nd that you argue against.
> Hard to tell anything, when arbitrary optional soundlaws are pulled out of a hat!