Heteroclitics
(700 words)

Abstract

The term ‘heteroclisis’ refers to a combination of r- and n-stems found in a small group of Indo-European neuter nouns called heteroclitics (e.g. Lat. femur ‘thigh’, gen. femin-is, Gk. húdōr  ‘water’, gen. húdat-os from *húdn̥t-os). It could be that the stem formant -r/n- reconstructible for PIE on the basis of Greek and other archaic IE languages is a relic of a pre-PIE classifier system.

A combination of r- and n- stems is found in a small group of Indo-European neuter nouns called heteroclitics. The r-stem appears only in t…

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Vit Bubenik, “Heteroclitics”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 23 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000477>
First published online: 2013



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