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first syllabe stress in IE languages (was Re: A dialogue in Old Urianian.)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Friday, February 23, 2007, 20:47

On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 13:58:50 +0000, Jeff Rollin wrote:

> There are various curious phenomena associated w/ the comparative study of > Uralic and Indo-European. For example, whereas you rightly point out, > Germanic languages are stressed on the first syllable, it is entirely > possible that: > > (a) They "inherited" it from Uralic and were simply "best" at preserving it; > or > (b) Their long contact with Uralic languages influenced its preservation; or > (c) They inherited it from PIE.
The last "possibility" of yours is impossible. PIE *definitely* didn't have first syllable stress. It had a mobile accent. It is true that the first syllable stress is also found in Old Latin and Goidelic, but these languages did not inherit it from PIE. ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf


Jeff Rollin <jeff.rollin@...>