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Glottalic Theory and Greek
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According to the Glottalic Theory the three types of Proto-Indo-European stops were essentially plain, glottalized, and voiced (t, t’, d) rather than plain, voiced, and voice-aspirated (t, d, dh), as is commonly claimed. The theory was developed in the 1970s independently by Thomas Gamkrelidze and Vyacheslav Ivanov and by Paul Hopper.

Traditional reconstructions of the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) sound system focused on the contrasting sets of correspondences that required the reconstruction of distinc…

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Brian Joseph, “Glottalic Theory and Greek”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 30 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000404>
First published online: 2013

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