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12/08/2007

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Glen Gordon

I remember talking about the example of pibati before on yahoogroups. It's used by some to demonstrate how *h3 is voiced in PIE, however I don't completely buy it. I've settled on the solution that *h3 was

Glen Gordon

Dagnammit, vox.com is annoying. It chopped my answer again because it needed to tell me that I need to log in before posting my comment. I think I know where there website programming failed but unfortunately vox.com isn't open source >:( Let's try this again, shall we?...

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I remember talking about the example of pibati before on yahoogroups. It's used by some to demonstrate how *h3 is voiced in PIE, however I don't completely buy it. I've settled on the solution that *h3 was simply labialized /hʷ/ in PIE itself, but eventually came to be /ɦʷ/ in some "post-IE2" dialects like budding Indo-Iranian. So hence *piph3éti (from *peh3- ) > */pipɦʷéti/ > */pib(ʷ)éti/ > pibati. In other words, the post-IE voicing of *h3 assimilated the previous *p in this stem to b. Hence also Latin bibere with the additional irregular change of *p- to b- in order to match the second *-b- in Proto-Italic (see this link). It's not as "bizarre" as it seems, only "bizarrely interesting" :)

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