Re: Lith.

From: Richard Wordingham
Message: 16028
Date: 2002-10-07

--- In cybalist@..., "Sergejus Tarasovas" <S.Tarasovas@...> wrote:
> --- In cybalist@..., "Richard Wordingham"
> wrote:
> > Do you mean -õmus (and presumably -ãmus) for the first two dative
> > plural endings?
> >
> -õmus is a typo, must be -ómus (I have a strong flu, sorry once
> again). -àmus is an older stage of later -ãmus -- Lithuanian has
> prolonged stressed short vowels in most positions. It's not certain
> whether the contraction -Vmus > Vms took place before or after that
> prolongation, so my choice of -ãmus rather than -àmus in the
> explanation was rather arbitrary.

So, the situation is far from tidy:

-àmus - non-'attractive'
-ómus - acute - attractive?
-ìmus - no test cases
-ùmus - tur~gumus or turgùmus? (I'd guess the former.)

Are we to assume that the example of the typically masculine endings
encouraged the uniform non-attractiveness of the dative plural?