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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 ofdoi:10.1515/if-2014-0013 fatcat:s6oxphxif5d2fo7mui2rajxuum