Re: [tied] Re: *H1wes-

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 7938
Date: 2001-07-18

*woh1-r- (as in Skt. va:r- 'water', Toch. B war, OE wo:r, etc.) and something like *woh1-s- could well be reduced to a common denominator even without a Grand Unification of all *w-initial water words. This would have the advantage of making the long vowels unproblematic. Furthermore, a laryngeal in *weh1-r- is independently needed to account for the post-PIE nil grade *u:r-, and since *weh1r- is not an acceptable root shape, its form implies root status for *weh1-, and partial unification begins to make sense. I do not see any good reason, though, why *h1wed- should be reconstructed instead of just *wed- in the "wet, water" root.
----- Original Message -----
From: tgpedersen@...
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 5:18 PM
Subject: [tied] Re: *H1wes-

I wonder how you discovered my cleverly disguised intention of
uniting the wet *w-'s. You must be psychic or something.
Anyway, the reason was that Møller posits for *u:r- etc a root
approx. *w-H-r-, and since he occasionly lets H's (laryngeals) wander
in and out of roots ny means of metathesis, a term I find employed
often in the Hamito-Semitic Encyclopedic Dictionary by Orël &
Stolbova (but sometimes it just comes and goes in the same root
without them being much alarmed by it), I thought metathesis (if the
use of that term is permissible in PIE) would solve the problem of
getting rid of the -H- in Møller's *w-H-r- on my way to *w- unity
(perhaps EIEC just parked the H1 outside of the root so that it was
ready for being metathesized(?) into position in case of vowel


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