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Re: EAK Adjectives, Article & Pronouns

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Thursday, May 17, 2007, 7:38
Philip Newton wrote:
> On 5/13/07, R A Brown <ray@...> wrote: > >> The two very common irregulars, μέγας "great' and πολύς "much" (plural: >> "many"), simply use the neuter nom. & acc. thus: >> μέγας μεγάλη μέγα ---> μέγα "great" >> πολύς πολλή πολύ ---> πολύ "much, many" > > > I would like to recommend that you consider _μεγάλο_ (megálo) as the > EAK form of "great".
I did - tho I didn't say so.
> While it's true that there are compounds with mega- as the first > component, there are also such with megal(o)-,
> On the other hand, πολύ sounds just fine as the combining form and, > hence, as the EAK form.
I am certain πολύ (polú) must the EAK form. While there are a few ancient Greek compounds with pollo-, the vast majority are with polu-/poly-. I wanted to be consistent and treat these two anomalous adjectives the same way; but on checking, I find that while there are some compounds with mega-, the majority of compounds, even in the ancient language, are with megalo-. So it seems the Greeks themselves were not consistent in this regard. So, yes: EAK for "much/many" remains πολύ (polú) - French _u_ :) But EAK for "great" will be μεγάλο (megálo) -- Ray ================================== ================================== Nid rhy hen neb i ddysgu. There's none too old to learn. [WELSH PROVERB]