A note on the Baltic future participle

Miguel Villanueva Svensson


The lack of fit between the finite forms (Lith. 3 duõs, 1 pl. dúosime, etc.) and the participle (Lith. dúosiant-, cf. Sl. byšǫšt-) of the Baltic future (going back to two PIE desiderative types: athematic and *‑se/o‑) can be explained as follows: since the future participle is a form of very modest occurrence, it could be generalized from some verbs with an inherited se/o‑desiderative („to be“, „to come“, „to die“, etc.) whose participle was of relatively frequent use.

DOI: 10.15388/baltistica.47.1.2131

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