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Re: ipse (was: No pronoun, no article)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Thursday, October 23, 2003, 18:40
On Thursday, October 23, 2003, at 04:10 , Nik Taylor wrote:

> Ray Brown wrote: >> In Classical Latin -met exists as a pronominal _suffix_ intensifier, >> e.g. egomet (I myself), mihimet (to me, myself) >> Also attested are: memet, nosmet, nobismet, tutemet, tibimet, vosmet. >> We even find 'meamet' where it's suffixed to a possessive adjective. >> >> One suspects that in the spoken language 'met' had a more independent >> existence before ending up _prefixed_ to *issimus. > > I don't know much about Vulgar Latin, so I might be completely out in > left field, but is it possible that that was simply a reanalysis? E.g., > *mihimet issimus -> *mihi metissimus?
Well, *mimet issimo --> *mi metissimo :) But, yes, thanks - that's so obvious, I overlooked it. I think you are certainly correct. *nosmet issimos --> *nos metissimos etc. Then *metissim- takes on a life of its own, surviving in its modern guises till the present day. Ray =============================================== (home) (work) ===============================================