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Re: OT: Double asterisk (was Re: Exhibit Coverage Continues!)

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Friday, June 13, 2008, 3:12
On Jun 11, 2008, at 3:51 PM, Philip Newton wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 15:34, Henrik Theiling > <theiling@...> wrote: >> **Henrik > > What does this mean? It's an incorrect reconstructed form of your > name? :) > > (At least, those are the two uses of preposed apostrophes that came to > my mind first.)
I've seen ** used to signify something posited for a protolanguage on the basis of internal reconstruction (internal to that protolanguage). Thus PIE had a word *g_wo:m meaning "cow" in the accusative singular, but it's reasonable to believe that it was once **g_wowm, because that would be the expected outcome of a root *g_wow plus the accusative marker *-m.