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.