thematic vowel


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Noun1.thematic vowel - a vowel that ends a stem and precedes an inflection
vowel, vowel sound - a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
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Elamite has a regular pattern of aphesis where the initial vowel of #VC roots is lost and where the thematic vowel is mandatory for verbs.
the appearance of a thematic vowel -i- (in competition with the usual -a-), and the presence of the consonant -h- instead of -ss- (from -sy-).
It should also be noted that Pisani's proposal cannot explain the appearance of the thematic vowel -i-.
Indeed, among the other future formations, a thematic vowel -i- is found only in sporadic cases such as Moka va((I)dhi(s)siti (cf.
Blau endorses to a certain degree Barth's theory that there is a connection between the thematic vowel of the prefix conjugation and the thematic vowel of nouns, e.
Over a century ago Jakob Barth suggested, (1) in what has come to be known as Barth's Law, that the quality of the vowel following the consonantal pronominal prefix in the G-stem depends on the thematic vowel of the verbal base, i.
15) It is worth mentioning that within this group of verbs, lamadum, pasahum, and rakabum preserved the original vowels throughout their forms, as shown in Huehnergard's discussion of the thematic vowel classes in the Semitic languages.
But beyond the fact that this analogy is somewhat artificial, there are no n-stem proper name pairs attested in the languages that support this analysis, nor do proper names with n-stem second members seem to have regularly replaced this suffix with the thematic vowel.
The analysis of both authors obscures an original thematic vowel -a- by treating it as part of the suffix (so also with the -i- theme in the case of +t-, +n-); they also conveniently (but incorrectly) overlook forms with an -o- thematic vowel.
But it is to "traditional Japanese grammar" that we must look for the failure to recognize these thematic vowels for what they are, not only in the case of this iterative +F- but in many other forms as well; so also for the reason why we learn nothing here of the equally important employment of this formant as a denominal verb suffix (utaF-'sing' < uta 'song', etc.
the imperative and those forms with a prefixed subject-marker); and (2) the systematic appearance of the thematic vowel i (or a, in the environment of a post-velar radical or [r.
The jussive and imperative stems show the familiar loss of the radical w in many instances (jussive ye-lad, imperative lad = Arabic ya-lid, lid; jussive ye-rad, imperative rad = Arabic ya-rid, rid), although the presence of the thematic vowel a rather than e < *i is unexpected.