Re: PROS [ton qeon]

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue Feb 02 1999 - 08:15:02 EST

At 11:20 AM -0800 2/1/99, George Blaisdell wrote:
>>From: "Carl W. Conrad"
>This is so obvious that I flew right on past. Thanks, Carl. And the
>first thing that arose for me is old Mr. Sigma showing up here ~ Highly
>sigmificant! :-)
>Because *IF* the letter sigma in the Greek alphabet is a letter that has
>connection with the future, with potential events, with present tendency
>toward future happenings... Then a lot of things begin falling into
>cognitive place, yes?
>>EN refers to stationary position in space or time,
>No sigma = stationary = Present
>>while EIS (EN + S) refers to temporal or spatial directionality with
>>reference to a position in space or time
>Presence of sigma = Directionality [spatial/temporal] = Future
>>or to a notion that is conceived metaphorically as
>>analogous to a position in space and time (as when EIS is used with >an
>accusative in a phrase of purpose or result);
>And this would NOT entail mere 'position', but position plus,
>directionality, either with or without movement, but with the solid
>future potential for movement, yes?

George: Before you allow that untrammeled imagination to leap into the deep
with your readiness to equate all the instances of morphologically
functioning -S-, you had better consider a few more:

        --with -W- in the adverbial suffix -WS
        --nominative sg. ending (1 decl. masc., 2 decl. O-stems, 3 decl.
                consonant stems, -I- stems, -U- stems; active ptc. stems in
        --with -E- in the nominative pl. ending -ES (3 decl.)
        --with -AI- in the dative pl. ending -AIS (1 decl.), -OI- in the dative
                pl. ending -OIS (2 dec.), with -I- in the dative pl. ending -SI
                (3 decl.)
        --with -N- in the accusative pl. ending (historical 1 decl. -AS; 2
                decl. -OUS; 3 decl. -AS)
        --in 2 sg. pronouns (SU, SOU, SOI, SE, even if these derive from an
                earlier TU, TyOU, TOI, TE)
        --in 2 sg. verb morphology (primary & secondary active -S; primary MP
                -SAI; secondary MP -SO)

I am sure that you'll master the data and ultimately discover some
applicability of a universal sign of something in all these instances of
Sigma functioning in Greek morphology; I'm just curious as to what it will
turn out to be.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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