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deabus (was: "ex before consonant > e" non-rule etc.)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, May 11, 2001, 6:31
At 3:26 pm -0400 10/5/01, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> >But as a quasirelated point of curiosity, who came up with "deabus" as >the dat/abl plural of "dea" (?) (goddess)?
The Romans :) ----------------------------------------------------------------- At 8:08 pm -0400 10/5/01, Muke Tever wrote: [snip]
> >"<Filia> _daughter_ and <dea> _goddess_ have irregular dative and ablative >plurals: <filia:bus, dea:bus>. This is to avoid confusion with the >corresponding >forms of <filius> _son_ and <deus> _god_."
Quite right - tho in fact the regular forms _deis_ and _filiis_ were occasionally found; but the dat. & ablative plurals of these two words were formed by analogy with the -bus of the 3rd, 4th & 5th declensions in order, as Muke says, to avoid confusion with the corresponding masculine forms: _dea:bus_ and _filia:bus_ were the more common forms in Classical Latin. Indeed, forms like _feminabus_ are occasionally found, but were not regarded as standard in the Classical period. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================