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Deponent verbs

Postby ivan » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:54 am

Hi!

I want to know why deponent verbs exist in latin language? How did they start to exist? Or, if it isn't known, then maybe you have some idea on how they started to exist.

Thanks!
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Re: Deponent verbs

Postby Carolus Raeticus » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:38 pm

Salve Ivane!

I am no history-of-language buff, but a quick search on the internet gave the following link to a paper (PDF, 182 KB which has a section about this topic: 3.1 Genesis of Deponents: Organic or Analogous. I have given it only a brief glance, but it seems to fit your bill.

Vale,

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Re: Deponent verbs

Postby ivan » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:44 pm

Gratias tibi ago!
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Re: Deponent verbs

Postby thesaurus » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:23 pm

Verba deponentia delenda sunt...
Horae quidem cedunt et dies et menses et anni, nec praeteritum tempus umquam revertitur nec quid sequatur sciri potest. Quod cuique temporis ad vivendum datur, eo debet esse contentus. --Cicero, De Senectute
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Re: Deponent verbs

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:29 am

Some deponent verbs likely started as a middle-and-passive form of some now-lost active verb. For example with "sequor" = "I follow" : Greek still has the active form: 'hepo_' = "I am engaged with", "I am busy about" :: 'hepomai' = "I follow".
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