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Re: VMs: Stroke harmony. Was: Has anyone been down this route before?
On Sat, 4 Sep 2004, Pierre Abbat wrote:
> "gramma" is just "graph"+"-ma", where "-ma" means "the result of an action"
> (the action itself is -sis, here grapsis). "-ma" is also the ending of some
> non-deverbal nouns such as "stoma"; the cognate suffix is nonproductive in
> Russian and English (there are 13 of them in Russian IIRR, and the only ones
> I know in English are "name", "time", and "film").
Ah, thanks! I did wonder about that, but my knowledge of Greek morphology
doesn't go that deep, and neither did my dictionary, though it has other
virtues (like listing verbs under irregular forms). This -ma is
underlyingly -mat-? I'm thinking that the plural of stoma is stomata. I
suppose the -t- could be a separate element.
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