As Lightner (1974) and (1975) demonstrates in the frame of generative phonology, such French words as boire, buvons, bu, bibine, potable, symposium1 must be derived synchronically from the root peH3, where H3 is an o-coloring laryngeal. This synchronic root accounts both for their semantic and phonetic similarity. Any analysis which fails to incorporate this type of derivation fails to account for both types of similarity.
We would like to observe that to allow this sort of very
abstract underlying representation in contemporary French
enables us to predict the tautological character of such
sentences as Le pote boit toute la bibine du
symposium.2 We believe, however, that an
interesting fact has been overlooked, namely that
1 - to drink, (we) drink, drunk, beverage, drinkable, symposium.
2 - The guy drinks all the liquor of the symposium.
3 - Gilles Gaston Granger (personal communication) pointed out that classical Greek Πινεῖν καὶ βινεῖν might lead to a deeper B2 in the frame of coherent generative bathyphonology.
Chomsky, N., and M. Halle, 1968, The sound pattern of English, Harper and Row.
Lightner, T., 1974, Boire en famille, paper delivered at the Symposium on Méthodes en grammaire française, décembre 1974, Paris.
____, 1975, Remarks on the root of the boire
family and some notes on Indo-
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