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Fw: [tied] PIE genitive plural *-o:m, a possible analysis

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  • Patrick Ryan
    This was butchered by Yahoo so I was resending it. Patrick ... From: Patrick Ryan To: Cybalist
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      This was butchered by Yahoo so I was resending it.
       
      Patrick
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      Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 3:37 PM
      Subject: [tied] PIE genitive plural *-o:m, a possible analysis

      An idea occurred to me today that I would like to offer for criticism and comment.
       
      I have long believed that the *o-stem genitive singular, -*'os should be regarded as a simple prosodic variation of the nominative singular -*os - a simple shift of the stress-accent from the root to the post-root syllable.
       
      I propose that the earliest neuter nominative singular in -*om formed a nominative plural in -*'om, and the neuter genitive plural was differentiated from it by length: -*'oom.
       
      Subsequently, the neuter nominative plural was re-formed with -*Ha(:), leaving -*'oom as the neuter genitive plural without a prosodic counterpart in the nominative.
       
      This neuter genitive plural form was subsequently adopted by the -*o-stems.
       
       
       
       
       
       
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