By Ivy Livingston
Because the oldest literary Latin preserved in any volume, the language of Livius indicates many positive aspects of linguistic curiosity and increases interesting questions of phonolgy, morphology and syntax.
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W-H also object on the grounds that words of the ace¯tum -type are all neuter, with the exceptions of rube¯ta and vale¯tu¯do¯. Note that vale¯tu¯do¯ does not necessarily presuppose a lost *vale¯ta beside vale¯re , vale¯sco¯, but may be analogical to other cases where a noun in -e¯tu¯do¯ is found beside a verb in -e¯re or -e¯scere . There are a few such cases: ale¯tu¯do¯ : ale¯sco¯, inquie¯tu¯do¯ : quie¯sco¯, as- , con- , de¯- , and mansue¯tu¯do¯ : as- , con- , de¯- , and mansue¯sco¯. Nevertheless, rube¯ta certainly exists.
Occiduus ‘sinking, setting’ (lit. ‘falling down, cf. cado) and perspicuus ‘clear, transparent’ (lit. ‘seen through’, cf. 16 The correspondence between *fato- and fatuus raises the possibility that the inherited to-participle *mr ˚ to- may have had beside it a synonymous deadjectival mortuus . How an adjective in -uu' o- would have been created beside one in -o- is yet another question; some intermediate stage would seem to be necessary. IndoEuropean had a process by which a u-stem substantive could be derived from an o stem adjective, for example from *ai' sto- ‘hot’ (/OE ast ‘drying oven’) was derived *ai'stu- heat’ (/Lat.
14 On the other hand, the fragments of Pacuvius, Ennius, Coelius, and perhaps Accius seem to show a slightly different development of ‘then’, rather along the lines of English ‘then’ in the sense of ‘in that case, accordingly’. Thus the Pacuvius fragment */Topper tecum , sist potestas, faxsit ; sin mecum velit */could be translated, ‘‘Then let him do it with you, if he can, but if he wants to with me . . ’’ Such an interpretation would confirm the earlier proposition that topper , with its tendency to be first in its sentence, should serve as a link to the sentence before.
A Linguistic Commentary on Livius Andronicus (Studies in Classics) by Ivy Livingston