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
*nosmet issimos --> *nos metissimos
Then *metissim- takes on a life of its own, surviving in its modern guises
till the present day.