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On Fri, 2009-12-04 at 22:44 +0100, Jörg Rhiemeier wrote:
> Of course, as for now, 
> long-range comparison is too much a fledgling discipline with many
> problems yet to be sorted out to be of actual help in Indo-European
> studies, but as progress is being made, this is likely to change in the 
> foreseeable future.

One useful comparison is between the Mongol  "n declension" (where "n"
is added between the stem and the case affixes) and the IE forms with an
added "n" in the same situation: hetroclitic r/n or l/n, and the
Anatolian mixed declension (thematic nominative and accusative, -n
oblique). Add in the -n genitive in Uralic, and you can explain the IE
alternations as relics of a situation where postpositions governed a
noun in the genitive.