The Journal Of Philology Volume 15

Paperback | February 12, 2012

byWilliam George Clark

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ... DIERECTUS. Professor Arthur Palmer's careful discussion of this word in the last number of the Journal of Philology calls for some reply on my part. My belief, expressed some time ago in this Journal and more recently in the Academy (May 18, 1885) is that dierectus is a vox nihili, and represents, as the case may be, either directus cr derectus. Thus i directum would mean 'Go and be crucified ', i derectum ' Go downwards, go to hell'. The difficulty which I feel with regard to dierectus (whether scanned dl-or d%-) is that, so far as I know, there is no analogy for such a form in Latin. The adverb dis before a vowel becomes dir-(dir-imo, dir-ibeo): before a semivowel, liquid, sibilant, or spirant, it may become di-(dis-moveo di-moveo, dis-rumpo di-rumpo, disrectus di-rectus, di-(f)fringo, dl-vello, di-scribo, &c.). Professor Palmer, scanning dl-e-rectus, supposes 'that the word is from dis and erigo, the di lengthened to compensate for the loss of s or t into which s would have passed without compensation had there not been another r in the word.' On this analogy one would have expected per-erro to become pe-erro. The suggestion is ingenious enough: but can it be supported by any known process of Latin phonetics? Holding the existence of dierectus, as a Latin word, impossible, though I can imagine that it might possibly represent some bastard issue of Biapprjyvvfii, I am bound to attempt some explanation of a form which often appears in the manuscripts of Plautus, and once in those of Paulus and Nonius. I admit at once that in saying 'in several passages the word dierectus is supported by respectable MS. authority/ I understated Mr Palmer's case. I should have said "in many passages." But is the manuscript evidence, as Mr Palmer puts it, 'simply overwhelmin...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ... DIERECTUS. Professor Arthur Palmer's careful discussion of this word in the last number of the Journal of Philology calls for s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217842062

ISBN - 13:9780217842068

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