К действию закона Рикса в древнегреческом языке (Lex Rix before nasals in Greek). In Hr̥dā́ mánasā: Studies presented to Professor Leonhard G. Herzenberg on the occasion of his 70th birthday. St.-Petersburg: Nauka, p. 38-72.Abstract, 2005.
In this paper I suggest that Rix Law was not operative before nasals; instead, a development of word-initial *h1/2/3NC- to ἀC- is advocated. This claim can be supported by quite a few etymologies, some of which were proposed before (such as ἄσις < *h2m̥s-i-, Mycenaean a-i-qe-u < *h2n̥si-, ἄττομαι < *h2n̥t-̯e/o-, ἀδήν < *hxn̥gwen-, ἄορ < *h2n̥s-r̥ or ἀθήρ as opposed to ἀνθέριξ), while others are put forth here for the first time: ἀρετή < *h2n̥r-etéh2 ‘valour, manliness’ (ἀνήρ); ἄχθος < *h1n̥k̑-dh-es- ‘burden’ (ἐνεγκεῖν); ἄτερ < *h2n̥ter (MGerm. ohne). Possible counter¬examples are discussed as well: it appears perfectly possible and even in some cases advantageous from the viewpoint of what we know about PIE morphology to explain all of alleged examples of *h1/2/3NC- > ἐ/ἀ/ὀνC- as formations with full-grade in the root (ἀμφί < *h2entbhi ; ἀμβλύς < *h2emlh2-u- ‘soft’; ἄγγελος < *h2éng̑h1lo- ‘endowed with rapidity’ derived from *h2n̥g̑h1ló- ‘fast’; ἄνθρωπος < *h2endhro-h3kw-o-; ἄμφην ‘neck’ < *h2enghu̯-en ‘what is situated in narrow part [of the body]’. Rix Law thus seems to be confined to the liquid cases only.