Since both the orthodox (MØLLER, BENVENISTE, PUHVEL) and the revisionist (KURYŁOWICZ, EICHNER, MELCHERT/RIX, KORTLANDT) models of the laryngeal theory (LT) have failed to solve the problem of the IE vowels (PYYSALO & JANHUNEN 2018a, 2018b), revisions in the theory are necessary. A comparison of the models of PUHVEL, EICHNER, and MELCHERT-RIX with regard to the criterion of economy shows that, although they are mutually contradictory, each of them has contributed at least one correct solution absent in the other models. By combining these correct solutions into a single model we can arrive at what may be termed the “Optimized Laryngeal Theory” (OLT), which, then, can be tested against monolaryngealism, as formulated by SZEMERÉNYI.
|Journal||Proto-Indo-European Linguistics – Urindogermanische Sprachforschungen|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Jan 2019|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
Fields of Science
- 6121 Languages
- Indo-European linguistics
- comparative method
- laryngeal theory
- Historical linguistics
- Indo-European languages
Pyysalo, J. O., & Janhunen, J. A. (2019). Indo-European Linguistics in the 21st Century (3) Optimizing the Laryngeal Theory: Testing the Models of Puhvel, Eichner and Melchert/Rix against Szemerényi’s Monolaryngealism. Proto-Indo-European Linguistics – Urindogermanische Sprachforschungen, (1/2019), 1-16.