Talk:Proto-Germanic grammar

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Weak class 4?[edit]

@CodeCat: Are you sure about the present tense alternating between -nō-/-na- and conjugated as an athematic verb? In Gothic it conjugates as an ordinary thematic strong verb. I don't have my copy of Ringe "From PIE to Proto-Germanic" handy but he makes some pretty definite statements that imply that the conjugation is no longer considered uncertain, and that it's now understand that they conjugated as strong verbs, although I can't say for sure whether he says thematic strong verb (as Gothic would imply) or athematic verb (as you have given it). Where did you get your verb tables from?

ben

Ringe 2006 mostly. I don't remember what he says exactly about class 4 but it's very tentative in any case. The alternation isn't attested but he suggests it so that he can derive a proper PIE origin for the class. In other words, the alternation is what would be expected. CodeCat (talk) 16:32, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
OK thanks. Benwing (talk) 01:10, 11 December 2013 (UTC)