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Some Observations On the Suffix -nt- in the Indo-European Languages

The aim of this article is to briefly present and summarize the meanings of the suffix -nt- in forms attested in some of the Indo-European (IE) languages. Having those meanings classified will make it possible to reconstruct the principal primary usage of the suffix as well as to clarify its origin. I shall focus my attention mainly on two languages – Hittite and Sanskrit as being the oldest ones we have data for; I shall also briefly present the state in the Slavic language family without getting into detailed study, which itself could be the aim of another paper.

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