Appendix talk:Proto-Germanic/rakentǭ

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I don't think this can be reconstructed with -ent-. That combination was not even allowed in stressed syllables, let alone unstressed ones (where e > i anyway). I think to account for the -e- found in the descendants, there would have to be umlaut, so *rakantijōn? Or maybe an ī/jō stem *rakantī if there is any evidence for that? —CodeCat 04:23, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Well, the root is *rak-, found also in *rakōn and *rak-kô, so we need to figure out what the -ent was...I cant find another substantive matching it for it to have been a compound word (*rak- + *anti-/*antj-)--the only noun similar to that is *anti- meaning "giant" which doesnt make sense. The combining form of *rakōn would have been *rakōn-, correct? Could it be a compound composed of *rakōn- + another word, say, *tugōn/*tauh-, where the second element has become so obscured due to lack of stress? (this same compound shows up as a new re-creation later in Old English as racentēaġe). If not *tauh-, then another word or suffix? In this case, the reconstructed form would not even be *rakentōn or anything similar, it would be *rakōntaug-. Also, it could be *rak- + *antaug- (< *ana + taug-); or the *raken- might stand for *rakanaz, a past participle of an unknown verb, we just don't know. Leasnam (talk) 16:08, 18 January 2013 (UTC)