This Proto-Indo-European entry contains reconstructed terms and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-Indo-European edit

Reconstruction edit

Both Sanskrit and Ancient Greek reflexes have a radical stress throughout the paradigm, which indicates that this accentuation was original, and that the PIE word for brother had an acrostatic inflection. Archaicity of the paradigm is furthermore indicated by the fact that the rest of the inherited kinship terms in Sanskrit have suffixal and desinential accent, so the pattern for the word for brother could not arise by analogy. The hysterokinetic inflection of other kinship terms (e.g. for *ph₂tḗr (father) and *dʰugh₂tḗr (daughter), both of which end in *-tḗr) did exert influence in the two, which is evident by the absence of zero-grade in the suffix syllable (Sanskrit forms with -ता (-tā), -तरम् (-taram) etc., Greek with -τηρ (-tēr), -τερος (-teros) etc.).

The root vowel is short in all of the reflexes, and no trace of lengthened grade can be found: in no language did Eichner's law operate (which predicts non-coloration of the in **bʰrḗh₂-tr). Furthermore, in Balto-Slavic one can find an acute vowel (reflecting *bʰréh₂) instead of a circumflex vowel (which would reflect *bʰrḗh₂).

This lexeme is widespread, though absent from Albanian[1][2] and rare in Anatolian.[1] Because it means kinsman in Greek,[1][2] and meant both brother and kinsman, cousin (or comrade) in Celtic (e.g. Old Irish bráthair) and Baltic (e.g. in Latvian and Old Prussian),[2] some suspect it had similarly wider meaning in PIE (even the English brother is often used to refer to socially affiliated non-relatives).[2]

Noun edit

*bʰréh₂tēr m

  1. brother

Inflection edit

Athematic, acrostatic
nominative *bʰréh₂tēr
genitive *bʰréh₂tr̥s
singular dual plural
nominative *bʰréh₂tēr *bʰréh₂terh₁(e) *bʰréh₂teres
vocative *bʰréh₂ter *bʰréh₂terh₁(e) *bʰréh₂teres
accusative *bʰréh₂term̥ *bʰréh₂terh₁(e) *bʰréh₂term̥s
genitive *bʰréh₂tr̥s *? *bʰréh₂troHom
ablative *bʰréh₂tr̥s *? *bʰréh₂tr̥mos
dative *bʰréh₂trey *? *bʰréh₂tr̥mos
locative *bʰréh₂tr̥, *bʰréh₂tri *? *bʰréh₂tr̥su
instrumental *bʰréh₂tr̥h₁ *? *bʰréh₂tr̥mis

Coordinate terms edit

Descendants edit

  • Anatolian:
    • Lydian: ⁧𐤡𐤭𐤠𐤱𐤭𐤳𐤦𐤳(brafrsis) (brafrsis; stem brafr-)
  • Armenian:
  • Proto-Balto-Slavic: *brā́ˀtē (see there for further descendants)
  • Proto-Celtic: *brātīr (see there for further descendants)
  • Proto-Germanic: *brōþēr (see there for further descendants)
  • Proto-Hellenic: *pʰrā́tēr (see there for further descendants)
  • Proto-Indo-Iranian: *bʰráHtā (see there for further descendants)
  • Proto-Italic: *frātēr (see there for further descendants)
  • Illyrian:
    • ? Doric Greek: βρά (brá)
  • Mysian: βρατεραις (braterais,
  • Phrygian: βρατερε (bratere,
  • Proto-Tocharian: *procer (see there for further descendants)

References edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Clackson, Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction, page 200 (2007, →ISBN)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J. P. Mallory, D. Q. Adams, The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European (2006, →ISBN), page 214