"Narten formations" versus "Narten roots"

H. Craig Melchert
2014 Indogermanische Forschungen  
Since the existence of a PIE "acrostatic" present formation with descriptive *ḗ/é ablaut was first established by Narten (1968), there has been an ongoing debate regarding the status of this type of inflection in the overall PIE morphological system. Is it a lexically determined feature, by which certain roots consistently (at least typically) display ablaut one degree higher than "standard" roots in a given morphological category? Or do "Narten presents" represent merely another means of
more » ... ther means of deriving present (imperfective) stems (originally with a specific Aktionsart), alongside well-known suffixes like *-sḱe/o-? I will present further evidence for the latter viewpoint, thus supporting the independent conclusions in Kümmel 1998.
doi:10.1515/if-2014-0013 fatcat:s6oxphxif5d2fo7mui2rajxuum