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

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Sunday, April 6, 2008, 21:24
MorphemeAddict@WMCONNECT.COM wrote:
> In a message dated 4/6/2008 12:08:18 PM Central Daylight Time, > ray@CAROLANDRAY.PLUS.COM writes: > > >> The >> Romanian word for 'small, little [in size]' is _mic_ and this, surely, >> must come from a different source. The latter, I guess, is related to >> Latin _mica_ (a little bit, a crumb). >> > > That's interesting. I always assumed it was from Greek "mikr-" (cf. micron).
I have wondered about that also - and I am not altogether happy with the suggestion of Latin _mica_ as, in the classical language, it's a feminine _noun_. It could, of course, be the feminine of an adjective *micus, used substantivally - but AFAIK there is no actual evidence for that. But altho Romanian has been influenced by Slav languages, I'm not certain that there's been any or much Greek influence (but I could be wrong) except, of course, in borrowings that come as part of Orthodox Christianity. Nor can I account for the loss of final -ro-. But I recall that _mikko-_ is also found in some ancient Greek dialects. This looks like a form that originated in 'child language.' I wonder if _mikko-_ had a wider use in child-language in the Balkans. Does anyone know? -- Ray ================================== ================================== Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora. [William of Ockham]