Revisiting the Etymology of Greek mégas, megàle, méga

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Abstract

Despite the numerous attempts at clarification that have been made over the past hundredyears or so, there are still many doubts surrounding the etymology of Gr. μέγας,μεγάλη, μέγα “big, great, mighty”, especially with regard to the relation between theGreek adjective and forms attested in other Indo-European languages. The paper followsa new track. By having recourse to É. Benveniste’s theory of the structure of theIndo-European root, a stem II *sm-eĝ- is supposed in which *s- could share the characteristicsof the so-called ‘mobile s-’. Thanks to this hypothesis most of the pre-existingdoubts are dispelled.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)9-17
Numero di pagine9
RivistaStudi e Saggi Linguistici
VolumeLI
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013

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