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IE neu. pl., was: IE genders

From:Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>
Date:Saturday, July 8, 2000, 9:08
On Fri, 7 Jul 2000 06:43:18 +0100, Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>

>Certainly I think there can be little doubt that neuter plurals were once >feminine singular collectives. In ancient Greek, neuter plural
>still required 3rd _singular_ verb agreement, only asc. & fem. using the >3rd plural. > >I believe this was also the case in Sanskrit - tho I may be mistaken - and >occurs in the earliest forms of some other IE langs.
Note, however, that the neuter plural ending and the nom. sg. ending of aa-stems are not perfect homonyms in Proto-IE. In Greek, neu. pl. never becomes [e:], in Proto-Slavic the two endings had different accentological qualities (IIRC), and there were some differences between them in other IE branches. Basilius