Re: [tied] Laryngeal theory as an unnatural

From: aquila_grande
Message: 18079
Date: 2003-01-25

--- In, Jens Elmegaard Rasmussen <jer@...>
> No, this new theory settles the matter once and for all.
> Jens
Du Jensemann, var dette ment som en sp√łk??

Well, I don`t know if is this comment was ment as a joke, or is
seriously ment. In either case, I did not mean this to be a complete
theory that settles the matter once and for all, but as an startpoint
of making a combined theory for the ablaut and laryngals.

Perhaps this is allready done, and then my idea is just superflowous.
Hovever, in all treatments I have read, the theory of ablaut, and the
laryngeal theory are treated as two distinkt areas. But if you
compare them, you easily see that the two theories deal with much of
the same effects.

I can take an example how such an combined theory could give a deeper
understanding than the two theories separately.

In IE many -o/e-stems and a:-stems have the same root, where the o/e-
stem denotes masculine and a:-stem feminine. In an combined theory
this could be explained in the following way:

-In an early period there was some -e-stems ex: wlquem (acc of wolf)

-Then a a-tuning laryngeal suffixe was added to denote a feminine
being, then the pair wlquem (he-wolf)/wlqueAm (she-wolf) were created.

Then the case ending -m tuned the -e to o, and the laryngeal A tuned
the e to -a, creating wlquom (he-wolf)/wlqaAm(she-wolf)

Then the laryngeal was lost with lengthening of the final wovel,
creating: wlquom/wlqua:m. Later on, the -o, tune was analogically
extended to other forms, but not all. The wokative remained as wlque.

In this case the whole prossess created an ablaut pattern -e - o - a:
in the stem-ending wovel, used grammatically to distinguish cases
vocativ/other cases and to distinguish gender masculine/feminine.