By Ivy Livingston

ISBN-10: 0415968992

ISBN-13: 9780415968997

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.

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