The alleged “lengthened” grades in the roots of some Latin nouns

Lucie Pultrová (Institute for Greek and Latin Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague)

Abstract

The article is concerned with Latin primary deverbative nouns whose lengthened root vowel is non-standard, as follows from the analysis given in Pultrová (2011a). In all the studied cases, the lengthening concerns the words with the roots ending in a voiced occlusive. Building on the analysis carried out in this article, I propose the hypothesis that vowel lengthening is the result of the shift of the original accent from the final syllable to other positions in the word.

DOI: 10.4424/lam22013-2

Keywords

Latin language; Deverbative nouns; Vowel lengthening; Apophony

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