Latin stella and sternere

Riverplatense

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German — Austria
In some older Latin etymological dictionaries I found written that stella and sternere share or might share the same IE root. However, according to newer publications they seem to go back to different roots. So should it be considered wrong already to consider a common etymology (to say, can it be excluded more or less definitely) or does this reconstruction still exist?
 
  • ahvalj

    Senior Member
    This comparison was possible when the Greek "prothetic vowels" were considered to have arisen ex nihilo. Now they are usually regarded as regular outcomes of Proto-Indo-European (if I may still mention this racist Germanic anti-Greek concept) initial preconsonantal laryngeals, so that ἀστήρ and στόρνυμι/στρατός unambiguously point to different PIE roots: *hₐs- and *ster-.
     
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