[B-Greek] Where does the NU in ἡμῖν hHMIN come from?

Mark Lightman lightmanmark at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 16 13:29:15 EDT 2010

Thanks, Stephen.  After asking the question, it occurred to me that it could 
just be a movable nu which I did not recognize because the putative intervocalic 
loss of the sigma, presumably from αμμε-σι(ν) AMME-SI(N.)  Since a third 
declension substantive is supposed to end with a consonant, I wonder if this and 
hUMIN are the only such words that end in ιν IN instead of σιν SIN, which is 
what threw me off. 

But it sounds like Sihler is saying something different. 

 Mark L


From: Stephen Carlson <stemmatic at gmail.com>
To: Mark Lightman <lightmanmark at yahoo.com>
Cc: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Mon, August 16, 2010 9:31:36 AM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Where does the NU in ἡμῖν hHMIN come from?

On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 10:49 AM, Mark Lightman <lightmanmark at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Why is there an "N" in the dative plural of ἡμῖν  hHMIN?  Smyth (326) says 
> "The form of the stems and formation of the cases in often obscure."

Sihler § 240 (pp. 232-233) claims that this nu in the pronominal
dative plural is an inherited, optional element.  In support, he
presents an example of a similar phenomenon in Vedic Sanskrit.

Stephen Carlson


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