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2007 | 49 | 151-155
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COMMENTS ABOUT THE INDO-EUROPEAN 'CONTRASTIVE' SUFFIX *-(t)er(o)-

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It is argued in this brief paper that the so-called Indo-European 'contrastive' suffix *-(t)er(o)- of adjectives and adverbs derives ultimately from the contamination and subsequent grammaticalization of deictic particles in *(e/o)t and *(e/o)r. The original function of this suffix was, therefore, not contrastive, but rather locational, in nature. It is also proposed here that although the comparative suffix *-tero- of Greek and Sanskrit can be traced etymologically to the contamination of the same deictics, it is the result of a very different evolutionary process.
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  • K. Shields, Jr., English Departament, Millersville University, Millersville, Pensylvania 17551-0302, USA
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08PLAAAA04939391
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bwmeta1.element.a4d21b61-0a55-38b7-ad42-16fac829c261
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