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  • ...a single verb with both weak and strong past tense formations differentiated semantically in the synchronic description of Modern English. There is room in the essentially synchronic description of Quenya provided in the lexica for the same kind of merger, the more so as we have no exhaustive diachronic description to affirm or to gainsay the possibility. Rich Alderson
    Rich Alderson Feb 8, 2006
  • ...English _pyre_ is not a cognate of Greek _pur_ but a borrowing of same. The actual English cognate is, of course, _fire_! Rich Alderson [Good point. Tolkien's historical puns from the "Lost Tales" period often hinge on similarities of later forms rather than coincidence...
    Rich Alderson Aug 7, 2005
  • ...section of the gate into a churchyard in which a bier could be rested temporarily, that is to say, a "corpse gate". Rich Alderson
    Rich Alderson Jan 13, 2005
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  • ...speakers to have a feel for their usage. Why would you expect JRRT, a Germanic philologist, to stint on plurals in his languages? Rich Alderson | /"\ ASCII ribbon | quenya@^$1 | \ / campaign against | "You get what anybody gets. You get a lifetime." | x HTML mail and | --Death, of the Endless...
    Rich Alderson Nov 23, 2003
  • On 19 Feb 2003, Pavel Iosad wrote _inter alia_: > There is also a solution in the lines of Modern Greek, where the /mp nt ng/ > used to substitute voiced stops in loans, as in _mpar_ 'bar', but as opposed > to the /mp/ type, /mb/ cluster are semiotically suspect (just as the > traditional PIE reconstruction, which can be a strong argument *for*). It must be noted here that this is...
    Rich Alderson Feb 20, 2003
  • On Wednesday, July 24, 2002, Boris Shapiro wrote: > In my view an object is a linguistically important element in of a given text > stored in LDB which possesses the required linguistic description. But there > are different types of objects: two words could be two individual lexical > objects, but at the same time they could be a sole syntactical object! And a > sentence could...
    Rich Alderson Jul 24, 2002
  • ...from the possible sisters of PIE. In any case, there is no evidence in Indo-European writ large for nasal vowels. Rich Alderson
    Rich Alderson Jun 10, 2002