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Re: cases

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, December 2, 2002, 20:03
En réponse à Joe <joe@...>:

> > I thought that Direct was Accusative/Nominative
No, the accusative ended up with all the other cases except the nominative and vocative.
> > rex(nominative) > *regus? > roys
No, *regis. The imparisyllabics were remanied according to their long forms.
> regibus(Dative/Ablative) > *regis? > roys
Rather *reges. The dative/ablative (which contained also the genitive by that time) fell in favour of the accusative.
> regia(Nominative) > roy
The Latin was |reges|. It was replaced by *regi (the second declension -i replaced the third declension -es in the nominative plural).
> regi(Dative/Ablative) > roy >
Rather rege(m). The accusative -m was already falling in Imperial Latin.
> I suppose that's sensible, if you assume final vowels are lost... >
It is indeed. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


Joe <joe@...>