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Matasović, Ranko. (2005). Collectives in -ьje in Slavic. Suvremena lingvistika, 59-60(1-2). pp. 35-38. ISSN 1847-117X

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This paper refutes the received opinion that the Slavic collective suffix -ьje should be derived from a putative PIE suffix *-iyo-. It is argued that the suffix -ьje is a regular development of the PIE collective formant *-ey- / -i-, discovered by N. Oettinger (1995, 1999). Besides Greek and Hittite, this suffix was preserved in Slavic in its original function; moreover, Proto-Slavic appears to be the only Indo-European language where the suffix remained at least partially productive.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: collectives, slavic languages, Proto-slavic language, suffix, archaisms
Subjects: Linguistics
Departments: Department of Linguistics
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 12:21
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 12:21

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