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by afleck
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Are -νυμι (PIE *(Ø)-néwti) verbs always transitive?
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Re: Are -νυμι (PIE *(Ø)-néwti) verbs always transitive?

If *deyḱ- is the imperfective form of the verbal root, why was an affix creating an imperfective transitive added? I would not rely on Wiktionary for your Indo-European historical linguistics. Before Hittite was learned there wasn't really a consensus on -new-, most people thought it was just a rea...
by afleck
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Are -νυμι (PIE *(Ø)-néwti) verbs always transitive?
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Re: Are -νυμι (PIE *(Ø)-néwti) verbs always transitive?

Short answer: there are verbs with middle endings that are not transitive, like πέπνυμαι "be conscious" and πτάρνυμαι "to sneeze" Probably better to refer to this as the *-néw- athematic suffix, the -ti is just the 3rd singular ending. That wiktionary entry is a bit short-sighted, I think. Sihler (s...
by afleck
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: Odyssey Reading Group: Book 6 Lines 1-23
Replies: 43
Views: 3906

Re: Odyssey Reading Group: Book 6 Lines 1-23

Heubeck, West and Hainsworth disagree that it's from ἀλφάνω and suggests ἄλφι (grain) + ἔδω (eat), which is the translation Steadman is giving us in the gloss. I think I'm right in saying that ἀλφάνω and ἄλφι are unrelated. Ah, right. I had forgotten this other etymology. Chantraine offers an inter...
by afleck
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: Odyssey Reading Group: Book 6 Lines 1-23
Replies: 43
Views: 3906

Re: Odyssey Reading Group: Book 6 Lines 1-23

3. Line 8: ἑκὰς ἀνδρῶν ἀλφηστάων - Steadman gives us “grain-getting, grain-eating” as the translation for ἀλφηστάων here. The word appears in several other Greek texts (e.g. Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes line 770), always as part of ἀνέρας ἀλφηστὰς. When we find out more about the Phaeacians late...
by afleck
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: salvete/χαίρετε
Replies: 1
Views: 385

salvete/χαίρετε

Hello everyone, I've just finished studying Ancient Greek and Latin at college. Looking to continue the learning and discussing here. Primary interests at school were archaic Greek poetry and comparative linguistics. Also found a niche in medieval and humanist Latin. Now that I can pick what I read ...