Prolixus Valens wrote:
Lingva Latina: Chapter Eight — Line 45
When Medus and Lydia see the shop, and Albinus greets them, why does it use the masculine 'eos' (Albinus eos salutat)? Is it because Medus is listed first "Medus et Lydia" or "Medus cum Lydia" (I don't remember which), the masculine is the default when dealing with more than one gender, or something else I haven't thought of.
Bedell wrote:You might say:
eam + eam = eas
eum +eum = eos
eum + eam = eos
eam + eum = eos.
Masculine bias. There was a lot of it around.
Hope that helps.
Qimmik wrote:Incidentally--and this is a very trivial and pendantic comment--the capital (upper-case) form of the letter is V, but the minuscule (lower-case) form should really be u, not v.
Iacobus de Indianius wrote:Greetings Prolixus,
Let me try to help you with some of your other questions...
adrianus wrote: You'll make lots of errors, of course, and you'll learn from them. Enjoy the pain.
dlb wrote:[S]econdly, take the time to enjoy the process of learning - can you apply the vocabulary from study to the real world? That is where the fun begins.
Anybody That I Missed wrote:
Would the first 'v' in "octavvm" be consonantal then?
Is it pronounced 'oc/ta/vum', 'oc/ta/wum', or 'oc/ta/u/um'?
As best we can tell, it would have been pronounced in the classical period something like 'oc/ta/wum'. Eventually, it began to be pronounced 'oc/ta/vum'. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when shifts like this occurred--and it probably occurred in popular speech before it did in elite pronunciation.