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Asteroides has done an admirable job of answering the precise question as posed. This self-answer is just a follow-up based on the Olsen monograph to give a bit of the broader picture that I had not realized when I formulated my question, and to give a less technical presentation with some concrete examples in Greek. In Greek, this family of PIE suffixes ...


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The endings -τρον, -θρον (and actually, a bunch of others also) are thought to share a common origin, but the origin of the τ/θ difference in particular is hypothesized to involve Proto-Indo-European laryngeals, which were lost in Greek, making it likely that there was no simple synchronic explanation by that point. Based on the results of Greek Dictionary ...


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