Re: [tied] IE thematic presents and the origin of their thematic vo
From: glen gordon
I wonder if it's possible that IE Narten stems are
just the product of backformation from sigmatic
Basically, you take an aorist like *bHe:rst (whose
length btw was caused by compensatory processes during
Syncope) and convert back to a durative by simply
taking away the aorist marker, leaving *bHe:rti.
Simultaneously and perhaps more commonly, forms like
*bHer-e-ti would also develop from the aorist via the
The result would be a language with a lot of thematic
presents with a few lingering Nartens added to the
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