Imber Ranae wrote:I'm not exactly certain what you're referring to, Adrianus. At least for the online version of Words belle is not included as an alternative form of the nom/acc/voc plural of bellum,-i.
Perhaps Whittaker's notes concern the irregular second declension neuters that end in -us, mentioned by A&G in section 48 a. Only two of these have plural forms, and both are words of Greek origin: pelagus,-i "sea" and cetus(-os),-i "sea-monster". The plural ending is -ē. They're actually third declension in Greek (sigma-stems), which accounts for their odd endings. The epsilon in the stem contracted with the alpha of the neuter plural ending to form eta, thus: τό πέλαγος,-εος had originally τά πελάγεα as neuter plural, which later contracted to τά πελάγη; so also with τό κῆτος,-εος and its neuter plural τά κήτη.
adrianus wrote:Does anyone at all know where Whitaker found a second declension nom. & acc. plural ending of "e" for his Words program, in addition to "a". He claims "A&G" for the nominative in his background notes, but I can't find where he means in A&G.
Et "bella" et "belle" pro "bellum" nomine pluraliter nominativo atque accusativo casibus dicit Whitaker, in suo programmate Words nomine. Fontem eius de hâc re frustrà quaesivi. Quisquam cognoscit ubi sit?