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Metathesis in PIE

From:Eric Christopherson <raccoon@...>
Date:Monday, November 1, 1999, 22:14
> -----Original Message----- > From: Constructed Languages List [mailto:CONLANG@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU]On > Behalf Of Grandsire, C.A. > Sent: Thursday, October 21, 1999 3:59 AM > To: Multiple recipients of list CONLANG > Subject: Re: irregular conlangs
> Nik Taylor wrote: > > > > So, they come from different IE roots. Nevertheless, *werg- and *wreg- > > are quite similar. One wonders if one was originally a variant of the > > other? To drive and to work are similar enough meanings ...
> According to the 1-vowel theory, triconsonnantal roots in > PIE come from > biconsonnanntal roots added with a suffix, the root and the suffix > having both a variable vowel. So *werg- and *wreg- would come from > **w.r-.g, with the dot being e, o or the zero-vowel, and *werg- would > come from this radical with e-degree on the root and zero-degree on the > suffix, whereas *wreg- would come from the same, but with zero-degree on > the root and e-degree on the suffix. As far as I know, there are many > such pairs in PIE, as it is reconstructed at least. Now, let's try and > find a meaning for this root **w.r and the suffix **-.g... <GGG>
On the other hand, it could be explained by simple metathesis. There are other roots which seem to vary because of metathesis, e.g. *prek-/*perk, *derk/*drek.