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Re: Active, Was: Help with grammar terms

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 25, 2000, 0:20
On Mon, 24 Jan 2000, Christophe Grandsire wrote:

> > Phonologically speaking, does it keep the so-called >laryngeals? As far as I know, only Hittite kept them among the IE >languages.
It seems to keep at least some of them: compare the words puhar (fire) and -hamti (before) with Hittite pahhar and hanti, which demonstrate that at least some laryngeals survive. Of course, so many other sounds become "h" (gh, kw, gw, sw, h and to a small extent tw, dw and g) that the situation may become confusing. At least for me. -hamti came about long before I had any materials on Hittite or had even _heard_ of laryngeal theory, so Tallarian laryngeals weren't "borrowed" from anyone. :) [My IE training came from a professor who had _his_ learning apparently before this theory became accepted. It was mentioned in passing, but not really commented on in any depth.] Padraic.
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