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Title: *my > (*ny) in Greek and Italic: Common innovation, parallel development, or fortuitous similarity?
Author(s): Hock, Hans Henrich
Subject(s): historical linguistics, language change, proto-indo-european, greek, italic, latin, oscan, umbrian
Abstract: The fact that the final -m of PIE *gwem- is reflected as -n in Greek baino, Latin uenio, and related forms has given rise to a number of different accounts, the most common of which explains the n as the result of some kind of assimilation. I review the various proposed accounts and argue that similarity between Greek and Latin n is accidental. The Latin n results from analogical extension of the third singular root aorist form, in which -n results from sound change. The Greek n reflects regular sound changes connected with across-the-board palatalization in that language.
Issue Date: 2009
Citation Info: Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2009: 81-93
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
ISSN: 0049-2388
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-10-30

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