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Re: -o-poulos (was: WHATL calendar for next year (2013))

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Thursday, December 18, 2008, 7:34
Philip Newton wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 20:59, Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote: >> Hallo! >> >> On Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:49:39 +0000, R A Brown wrote: >> >>> The use of the suffix -poulos appears to be of Peloponnesian origin and >>> was a diminutive ending. It came to be used to denote 'son of', 'young of.' >>> >>> But the ultimate origin is from colloquial Latin _pullus_ which was
>> Which means that such names do not exist in the WHAT where, >> if I recall correctly, Latin went extinct just like all the >> other Italic languages.
Correct on all counts.
> Well, there's AG πῶλος "foal", which might have produced something similar... > > (Note that MG -ου- often comes from an AG -ω-.)
It's possible, I guess, that -ου- may have developed from (some instances of) AG -ω- in some of the Hellenic langs of WHAT - I know next to nothing about them. But this could not be so in TAKE. Also, although πῶλος is found in poetry with the meanings both of 'maid, lass' and 'young man, lad', such use was not AFAIK normal in prose - tho I guess it could've developed meanings similar to Latin _pullus_ in some regions. -- Ray ================================== ================================== Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora. [William of Ockham]