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Early vowel contraction in Slavic: 1. i-Verbs. 2. the imperfect. 3. The vòlja/súša Nouns

Abstract

Three closely related studies show how three Common Slavic suffixes were changed in an early wave of glide loss and vowel contraction that occurred between the Late Common Slavic quantity-to-quality vowel shift and the earliest texts. The studies examine the Present suffix, Common Slavic-eje-, of iterative, causative, and denominative i-verbs; the Imperfect suffix, Common Slavic-ējā-,-ājā-; and the suffix of lexicalized relative adjectives-ej-(ā). Each study presupposes a detailed understanding of vowel contraction and due attention to the functional relations between the given elements and similar or contrasting stem-forming suffixes. © 2014 The Association of Scandinavian Slavists and Baltologists.

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