|From:||Johnson, Anna <ajohnson@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 11, 2001, 22:23|
Muke wrote: "Well, for Indo-European languages, the main verb was *es-"
... actually, it was *Hs; the H surfaced as /e/ in late Common IE in certain
clusters, but as [zero] in others, hence the distinction in, say, Latin
between 'est' and 'sunt', both of which come from *Hs- plus ending.
For those unfamiliar, the H prolly represented glottals what had epithetic
vowels inserted for purpose of pronunciation; when the glottals were lost,
the vowels remained.
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GH d--: s+:- a26 C+ W++ w PS++ PE-
Y+ t+ 5+ X+ R tv+ b++++ e++ h-- r*
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