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It's purpose is obvious, but does anyone know its origin? My googlings have been in vain. I would guess that it was originally an -ÎµÎ½ or -Î¹Î½ ending that was reconstrued as Îµ/Î¹ +Î½ and then the Î½ was applied to other endings, but that's just a guess.
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The origins are uncertain, but Sihler (sec. 240, pp.232-233) says it's analogical. He suspects á¼¡Î¼á¿–Î½, Lesb. á¼„Î¼Î¼Î¹Î½ ~ á¼„Î¼Î¼Î¹ as the model.
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