Re: [tied] Neptune, Poseidon, Danu, etc.

From: Sergejus Tarasovas
Message: 7792
Date: 2001-07-04

--- In cybalist@..., "Piotr Gasiorowski" <gpiotr@...> wrote:
> The -o-/-e- alternation originally reflected pre-PIE stress
contrasts, but by PIE times it had acquired morphological functions
of its own, quite independent of stress patterns. The form *dem-s
is "late" in the sense that it must have been formed after the period
of stress-based vowel reductions...

1. I have been understanding the matters like that: -o- emerged as
(first) a phonetic element to simplify cluster consonants resulted
from PPIE /*a/ (or whatever) reduction in some unstressed positions.
It was phonologized then, and this process was supported by the low-
tone-provoking laryngeal /h3/. Your statement seemes to contradict
with my understanding. Could you clarify your point of view?

2. Do you exclude the role of the laryngeals in -e-/-o- 'grammatical'
ablaut (not in -e-/-o- alternation in general)?