Zero-grade meaning

(Indo-European linguistics) In Proto-Indo-European linguistics, a term used to describe an ablaut form of a root characterized by the absence of the basic ablauting vowel phonemes */e/ and */o/.

*bʰr̥- is the zero-grade of the Indo-European root *bʰer- meaning ‘to carry, bear’.

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Origin of zero-grade