By Ivy Livingston
Because the oldest literary Latin preserved in any volume, the language of Livius indicates many good points of linguistic curiosity and increases interesting questions of phonolgy, morphology and syntax.
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Furthermore, with the exception of a single inscription, none of the -nunt forms is attested outside of the more archaic poets, if the context is known at all. This would seem to suggest that metrical considerations may have played some role. All of the occurrences of danunt in Plautus are in iambic and trochaic meters, eight of the twelve15 occur at the end of the line, where such a metrical structure would be most convenient. 16 The analogy si%tus : sinunt : : da% tus : X 0/danunt , proposed by Sommer, provides the most convincing explanation of the origin of danunt .
Naev. B. P. 36 W: eam carnem victoribus danunt . Pac. tr. 218 Á/219 W: Di me etsi perdunt , tamen esse adiutam expetunt j quom prius quam intereo spatium ulciscendi danunt . Pl. Capt. 819, Curc. ), Merc . 226, Most . 129, 561, Pers . 256, 852, Poen . 1253, Pseud . 767, 770, Rud . 594, Truc . 181, 245. 2. Ann. 158 W: Prodinunt famuli : tum candida lumina lucent . Red i¯nunt is attributed to Ennius by Festus, but the line is not preserved (p. 287 M). 3. exple¯nunt , p. 80 M; fer i¯nunt , solinunt , p.
But the morphology of the stative derivatives of the acetum -type and of the productive place names is the same. It is very tempting, therefore, to look for a way in which the two can be connected. ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ j ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ 28 A Linguistic Commentary on Livius Andronicus There does appear to be one point of contact; *rubeto- appears in two of the semantic categories listed above, as the toad called rubeta and as the place where the rubus grows, the rubetum .
A Linguistic Commentary on Livius Andronicus (Studies in Classics) by Ivy Livingston