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The Origin of Latin Haud and Greek ou; And the Extensions of the Originally Unextended


Horton-Smith offers an explanation for the negatives haud and ou in Latin and Greek respectively, suggesting a root word meaning "to fail."
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-611-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 357
Publication Date: Sep 4,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 27
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-611-4
$36.00

The negatives haud (in Latin) and ou (in Greek) are particularly puzzling to linguists of Indo-European language due to the fact that neither word seems to bear any resemblance to the no/ non forms found elsewhere. In this essay Lionel Horton-Smith presents a suggestion accounting for these words, using epigraphy and literature to bolster his views. He connects the two via a proposed root-word meaning 'To fail, be deficient, be wanting,' then provides extensions of this concept to give weight to his suggestion. An interesting paper, this piece gives depth to one's understanding of both Latin and Greek.

The negatives haud (in Latin) and ou (in Greek) are particularly puzzling to linguists of Indo-European language due to the fact that neither word seems to bear any resemblance to the no/ non forms found elsewhere. In this essay Lionel Horton-Smith presents a suggestion accounting for these words, using epigraphy and literature to bolster his views. He connects the two via a proposed root-word meaning 'To fail, be deficient, be wanting,' then provides extensions of this concept to give weight to his suggestion. An interesting paper, this piece gives depth to one's understanding of both Latin and Greek.

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  • IV - THE ORIGIN OF LATIN HAUD AND GREEK OY; AND THE EXTENSIONS OF THE ORIGINALLY UNEXTENDED FORM (page 5)