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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
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-10-30

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