Indo-european 'laryngeals' and Hittite hinik-, heu-: some critical observations
Keywords:Indo-european 'laryngeals' and Hittite hinik-, heu-, some critical observations
Referring to 'lex Eichner' 1 certain scholars2 teach that the he- of Hittite heu 'rain' (heu-/he-aw-)3 goes back ultimately to the lengthened e-grade (*H-ēy-) of a root *H2ey-, the zero-grade of which is attested by the Hittite nasal infix verb stem hinik 'to rain'< *H2inek- (cf. heus hinikta, Laroche, RHA. 23, 1965, p. 68f.); a variant form of the stem *H2inek- is *sH2in( e)k- (with s-mobile) allegedly underlying Vedic siñcáti 'pour, sprinkle', Avest. hinčaiti 'id.'. Hence, the basic verbal theme from which these nasal infix presents are all ultimately derived, must be reconstructed as IE. *(s)H2eyk-.
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