Re: [tied] Morphology 19 update

From: Glen Gordon
Message: 17029
Date: 2002-12-05

>Vowels do not erode away just like that. [...] In these personal
>pronouns, the particle was simply univerbated at an earlier stage,
>and became subject to zero grade. That's all.

The zero-grade of *gV is not **g. Are you being funny or are you
honestly trying to debate?

>The demonstrative *to- remained productive and was even affixed
>anew to nouns and verbs (Arm. article -d, Slavic 3sg. -tU?), but
>surely that doesn't mean that the earlier 3sg. verbal ending *-t,
>or, as you claim, the ending *-d cannot have the same origin?

This has nothing to do with *ge because *ego: is fully attested.
There is no alternation of **-to and *-d in the neuter ending!
Your "counter-arguement" is rejected.

>Latvian and Armenian <es> show that *g^ stood in word-final position.

... because the vowel eroded away in some stage, however early,
in Post-IE. Erosion is common in much-used morphemes.

- gLeN

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