NATLANG: Latin prefixes with er/ra
|From:||Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, September 19, 2004, 7:14|
There are a few that I can think of (knowing no Latin):
Is there some kind of pattern, other than that the first of each pair can
prefix "-ior" in English? Or, indeed, is that itself a pattern that I'm
too dense to work out? It's not[*] equitive vs comparative, it's not
comparative vs superlative, it's not location vs direction, it's not
proximal vs distal, and it's not any of a half dozen other things that
have passed through my brain.
Whatever the pattern is, I suspect that knowing it would shed light for me
onto some greater issue with Latin, or possibly PIE.
Thanks in advance for any concrete solutions, or crackpot theories,
[*] Note throughout this sentence, the arrogantoid voice applied to the
essive: I can't understand how it is, therefore it is not.