Root Structure (and Ablaut)
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Ablaut (Fr. apophonie) is the regular change of vowels within a paradigm or between etymologically related word forms. Since any theory of ablaut in Proto-Indo-European (PIE) and its daughter-languages is closely connected with the view one holds about the structure of PIE roots, these topics are treated together: (1.) ablaut; (2.) De Saussure’s laryngeal …

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Daniel Kölligan, “Root Structure (and Ablaut)”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 18 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2013

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