The UPenn IE Tree

Robert Orr colkitto at
Tue Aug 31 03:49:44 UTC 1999

[ moderator re-formatted ]

>larryt at

>Yes, providing you accept the Herkunfthypothese.  This hypothesis holds
>that all of the several features absent in Anatolian but present in all
>other branches were absent from broad PIE and were innovations in narrow
>PIE after the split of Anatolian.  But there is another view, the
>Schwundhypothese, which holds that all these features were present in
>broad PIE but then lost in Anatolian.  I'm afraid I don't know if
>anybody is defending the Schwundhypothese today.

Actually, in Paris a couple of years ago Calvert Watkins suggested the
Schwunbdhypothese was true with regard to gender.

Robert Orr

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