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Re: Infinitives

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 28, 2000, 18:09
At 11:05 am +0200 28/3/00, BP Jonsson wrote:
>At 19:44 27.3.2000 +0100, Raymond Brown wrote: >> > >> >Roughly, 'I want that I (should) go'. >> >>Exactly: 'Telo na 'pao (T = theta) >> I-want that I_go [aorist subjunctive] >> >>Some other examples: >>Den bo'rume na 'pame 'simera >>not we-can that we_go today (we can't go today) >> >> 'prepi na Dja'vasete af'to to viv'lio >>it_is_necessary that you_read this the book >>(you must read this book) > >What is _na_ derived from, in classical Greek terms? It looks like a >preposition borrowed part and parcel from Slavic.
Not Slav - it's from the Classical 'hina'.
>Also, it occurs from your first example that there is still a full form of >_Thelo_ "I want", in spite of the future marker _tha_, which AFAIK is from >the same source.
This is true. _tha_ is from 'thelo na', theli na' etc. But the full verb also survives. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================