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Re: Dichotomies, trichotomies, polychotomies

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Sunday, May 26, 2002, 19:00
At 8:58 pm +0100 25/5/02, And Rosta wrote:
>> Prsumably one would logically continue to use the Greek adverbs for "in _n_ >> parts", thus: >> tetrakha - into 4 parts >> pentakha - into 5 parts >> heksaka - into 6 parts >> heptakha - into 7 parts >> oktakho:s - into 8 parts >> enneakho:s - into 9 parts >> dekakha - into 10 parts, 10 ways >> pollake:i/ pollakho:s - into many parts, into many ways. >> >> Thus _pentachotomy_ (<-- *pentakhotomia "division into 5 parts") is surely >> what you want. > >I agree with you and disagree with my previous answer. I simply didn't >know these adverbs and I didn't check whether they existed because I >had a memory of being informed that they didn't by a colleague, a >former classicist of demonstrably less infallibility than you!
I'm not infallible, that why I checked :) I should, perhaps, have explained to the curious, that the reason the advarbs above end, variously in -a, -e:i or -o:s is due to the current adverbial ending in the dialect the writer was using; those in -a belong to 5th & 4th cent. Athens. I must admit they were not of over-common use in literature, but they are attested. Ray. ======================================================= Speech is _poiesis_ and human linguistic articulation is centrally creative. GEORGE STEINER. =======================================================