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Re: Origin of "igitur"

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 29, 2004, 19:52
Ray Brown scripsit:

> Quite simply: I do not know the origin of _igitur_ and I can find no > credible explanation in any of the references I have at hand. The > suggestion that _igitur_ is derived from a unstressed _agitur_ used > parenthetically is attractive, but do the meanings of _igitur_ and > _agitur_ make this plausible?
Googling finds the following tantalizing fragment (actually clicking on the link brings you to a tollgate that demands US$37.50 to get the article): Review of "Greek and Indo-European Etymology in Action: Proto-Indo-European *ag'-" by Raimo Anttila [...] opens with a number of interesting observations on the imperative particle +ge+/age (Latin igitur )B�then� is a depleted variant of the 3sg agitur [...] [+ge+ = gamma epsilon] However, the tollgate does at least provide the following off-web reference: Diachronica 2001, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 359-366(8), which someone with access to a university library might be able to follow up. Alternatively, the book itself was published by Benjamins in 2000 and should be available. -- John Cowan Arise, you prisoners of Windows / Arise, you slaves of Redmond, Wash, The day and hour soon are coming / When all the IT folks say "Gosh!" It isn't from a clever lawsuit / That Windowsland will finally fall, But thousands writing open source code / Like mice who nibble through a wall.


Robert Hill <syntax@...>