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Re: Evidence for Nostratic? (was Re: Proto-Uralic?)

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Thursday, July 10, 2003, 21:03
On Thu, 10 Jul 2003 06:59:11 +0100, Joe <joe@...> wrote:

>The latter, incidentally, is H1ed(0-grade)+ont, which originally meant >'eating', apparently. Anyway, from what I've gathered, when *o is >stressed in the stem, it turns to *e when unstressed, and vice-versa. >Although I could be wrong.
I think a better original meaning for hed- (earlier *hád(a)-) is 'chew,' not 'eat.' Then, *hadánt(a)- 'chewing' became 'Western PIE' hdent- 'chewer' > 'tooth,' 'Eastern PIE' hdont- 'chewer' > 'tooth.' The question is, what can produce a system whereby the alternations é vs. o, and ó vs. e, exist? Assuming that you are correct, that is. Personally, I think that there was, very early on, an East-West split within PIE, whereby the Eastern branches (Greek, Indo-Aryan, etc.) developed a tonal accent, and the Western branches did not. This is just a guess, though, based on what I know (which is certainly not much in the grand scheme of PIE-ology). If anyone has evidence that refutes my thesis, bring it on. :) - Rob