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Volume 2  No. 2

 

December 2011

 

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A Comparative survey of Uralic and Eyak basic vocabularies

Arnaud Fournet

 

Abstract: The paper compares the basic vocabularies and phonologies of Eyak, belonging to the Na-Dene family, with Uralic. It is shown that Na-Dene and Uralic are genetically related and close enough to shed light on the phonetic and morphemic structure of each other. Additional Altaic data are provided when possible. A significant number of Eskimo-Aleut loanwords have also been identified in Eyak. 

 

The Proto-Afrasian comparanda of PIE *H3  word-initially

Arnaud Fournet

 

Abstract: The article deals with the Proto-Indo-European laryngeal H3 word-initially. It is shown that in that position H3 corresponds to Proto-Afrasian phoneme *ˁ (ˁayin) , a voiced pharyngeal.

 

The widespread converb suffix *z, a relique morpheme of Nostratic dating

Arnaud Fournet

 

Abstract: The paper deals with a particular verbal form that will be called converb. It begins with a definition of converbs. Then the paper attempts a comparative survey of the suffixal material that exists in a number of languages and that is used for one of the converbial constructions, which expresses simultaneity. The survey does not aim at being exhaustive but it will be shown that a whole set of languages belonging to different linguistic families throughout Eurasia that are not necessarily considered to be genetically related do share the same morpheme for converbs. This situation clearly raises the issue of these languages being ultimately related and this converb suffix being a relique morpheme of very high dating.

 


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A Dictionary of Proto-Indo-European with Hurrian Comparative Indications. Part III: *H1 

Arnaud Fournet

 

 

FREE PAPER: REVIEW

 

Bouissac, Paul. 2010. Saussure, A Guide for the Perplexed.

London: Continuum.

Arnaud Fournet