why are reconstructed Proto-Indo-European words prefixed with an asterisk?
For example, the reconstructed word for "to fly" is written "*plew-" and not "plew-". Is the asterisk there to indicate that the word is a reconstruction?
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 71 month ago
We don't actually know what the PIE (Proto Indo-European) words are. The sound 'plew' appears in a range of languages in different language families, so we assume it was a PIE word, but we don't know what that word was. So we use a star to show that this isn't a real word, it's a sound that we SUSPECT came from PIE.