Print

Print


Raymond A. Brown wrote:
>
> At 14:24 13/10/97, James Chandler wrote:
> .......
> >By the way, does anyone know the origin of Esp/Ido/Nov "pri" ?
> >I thought it was from Ancient Greek.  Is it also in Modern Greek?
>
> The Ido & Novial words are certainly borrowed from Esperanto.  I must
> assume that Dr Zamenhof abstracted Esperanto's 'pri' somewhat arbitrarily
> from Ancient Greek 'peri'.
>
> In the ancient language:
> (a) governing the accusative case = about, near [of place or time; Latin:
> circum, apud];
> (b) governing the genitive case = about, concerning [Latin: de];
> (c) governing the dative - either of two sets of meanings above!
>
> The morpheme was also much used as a prefix & survives in such words as
> "perimeter", "periscope" &c.
>
> It does not survive as an independent preposition in Modern Greek.
>
> There is no precedent for Esperanto's syncopated form and I'm a little
> surprised Jespersen adopted it for Novial.
>

Then there's the Russian prefix, 'pri-', that has multiple meanings, and
I think when Eo pri is a prefix, they have similar meanings. Any
Russian scholars have an idea?

--
Rex F. May
"That government is best which governs somebody else."
Visit my 'Tceqli' artificial language site at:
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/7429/