Re: [tied] IE thematic presents and the origin of their thematic vo

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 39860
Date: 2005-09-02

Piotr Gasiorowski wrote:

> Why can't this *-h2- be a collective suffix, for example? *newa-h2 is
> 'the new', meant generically -- the collectve of *newo-m. This would in
> fact account for the non-reduction of the vowel before the *h2, by
> contrast to aor. *-eh1- vs. pres. *-h1-jé/ó- in statives. The second
> vowel in *newah2(-je/o)- is underlyingly thematic, and so has to stay.

I want to apologise for stating the obvious. I hasten to admit that we
all know the vowel stays because it's thematic (as in statives derived
from thematic stems, like *sene-h1-je/o-). This doesn't imply anything
as regards the origin of the *h2 in factitives. It may be a nominal
suffix (collective) but other possibilities also deserve to be
considered. Sorry again.