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Day: January 20, 2017
How do linguists determine whether a language is agglutinative or it has postpositions?
https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Urdu/Postpositions Well, let’s generalise the question (though I don’t know Urdu well enough). This is not going to be a complete answer btw, and I’ll ask for help from others. What is the difference between a preposition and a prefix, or a postposition and a suffix? That one is a word, and the second is […]
During antiquity, did anyone in Greece or Rome recognize similarities between Greek and Latin languages and hypothesized relationships between them?
Yup. Aeolism: Latin as a Dialect of Greek/Aeolism: Latin as a Dialect of Greek is a paper on that. And Are there any accounts of the Romans realizing linguistic similarity between Latin and Germanic languages? • /r/AskHistorians is a Reddit thread of it. The locus classicus is Dionysius of Halicarnassus, but the idea was doing […]
Ancient Greek transliteration: why does the letter κ become c, and the letter υ become y?
Vote #1 Amy Dakin: Amy Dakin’s answer to Ancient Greek transliteration: why does the letter κ become c, and the letter υ become y? Bear in mind that K was imported into Latin from Greek, but it was a something of an affectation. It was never used seriously, so it was never going to be […]