Appendix:Proto-Indo-European/méh₂tēr

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This entry contains Proto-Indo-European reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-Indo-European[edit]

Etymology[edit]

In older literature usually reconstructed as *mātēr and explained as a combination of a nursery word *ma (mother) and the agentive suffix *-tēr. However, Balto-Slavic acute accent requires root laryngeal.

Greek and Sanskrit disagree with regard to the position of the accent, and Balto-Slavic is inconclusive (the original accent could have been retracted to the root syllable by Hirt's law).

Noun[edit]

*méh₂tēr f

  1. mother

Declension[edit]

Acrostatic inflection, apparently with no ablaut of the root.

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Descendants[edit]