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Re: Adpositional irregularities

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 21:43
Quoting R A Brown <ray@...>:

> Some will no doubt remember from their school days that the adposition > _cum_ "(together) with", while normally a well-behaved preposition, got > suffixed to the personal pronouns: mecum (with me), tecum (with the, > with you), nobiscum (with us), uobiscum (with you [pl]), secum (with > himself, with herself, with themselves). They are written this rather > than as separate words, since the suffixing of -cum changed the stress > of _nobis_ and _uobis_, thus: nobis /'no:bi:s/, _but_ nobiscum > /no:'bi:scu(m)/ > > (the final -m was silent, but some think the vowel was nasalized in > compensation. Others think it was just silent. I'm inclined to agree > with the latter FWIW)
What period are you talking about here? Tore Jansson, in his popular book on the history of Latin, dates the loss of final /m/ to the later Empire. Andreas


R A Brown <ray@...>OT Latin final -M (was: Adpositional irregularities)