Locative speculations

From: tgpedersen
Message: 37949
Date: 2005-05-19

> Now, if the verbal noun involved is an agent noun rather than an
> action noun, the marker *-i of the primary endings cannot well be
> locative: A killer who is active now is not "in a killer", he just
> a killer, and he is it 'now' or 'here'. There is no basic
> difference in IE between place and time: Ved. dyávi 'in the sky',
> dyávi-dyavi 'in each day, day by day'.

Nice. That *d-y-w- means both 'sky' and 'day' does not imply that -i
is both a nominal and a verbal suffix. You can't derive a syntactic
property from a semantic one.

>The form *-i is in my analysis
> simply the stem of the pronoun whose stem is either *e-/*o- or
> /**H1o-. The enclitic form of this would be *i or *H1i, cf
> *im 'him', *id 'it' in a number of languages. Thus the *-i (or *-
> may be itself just an endingless locative meaning 'in it, there'.

PIE *en, Akkadian ina "in", and, if my memory serves, you mention in
one of your article on Eskimo nominal morphology a noun 'inV-' (?)
which means something like "room, space, inside" which is used as a
stem extension in some oblique cases?