EXPLAINING THE HISTORY OF SOME FORMS OF LATIN BY MULTICAUSALITY

Some changes in the course of the language history are better explained as caused by more than one factor, usually by one driving force and one (or more) catalyst. It is proposed that some combinations of factors (vowel deletion in puere > puer and the analogical infl uence of the type pater, mater, soror) are likely to occur simultaneously whereas others (the suffi x -u- в mortuus explained due to the analogy with its antonymous adjective vivus or due to the contamination of two different suffixes t and v) are logically non compatible with each other. In some cases it is hard to decide which force

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