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Re: Romance words for 'small' (was: Pequeno etc)

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Sunday, April 6, 2008, 18:56
On Apr 6, 2008, at 12:04 PM, R A Brown wrote:
> While being a bit late to affect the Pilovese word for 'small, > little' (which is derived from the rot I give below as *pikk(u)- > with a diminutive -inn), there has been one thing puzzling - also I > would like to add my tuppence-worth of thoughts on the matter - if > only to sort out my own thinking :) > > Firstly, a late Latin _pitzinus_ or _pittin(n)us_ has been cited > more than once. I've tried to track down this word. Can anyone > point me to where this word/ these words are actually attested?
I'm not sure where they were actually attested, but Google Books has a lot of hits for <pitinnu>, <pitinnus>, <pittinnu>, <pittinnus>, <pitzinnu>, <pitzinnus>, etc. (and probably other variations).
> > I'm *not* intending to imply that they are not attested. It is a > genuine question. I really would like to know; it really would be > helpful to know both when and where these forms were used. >