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Headword: *xrei/w
Adler number: chi,470
Translated headword: I proclaim
Vetting Status: high
The [verb that means] I prophesy.[1]
[Spelled] with a diphthong; but the future xrh/sw [is spelled] with eta.
But xri/w [meaning] anoint [is spelled] with iota.[2]
Greek Original:
*xrei/w: to\ manteu/omai. dia\ difqo/ggou: o( de\ me/llwn xrh/sw dia\ tou= h. *xri/w de\ to\ a)lei/fw, dia\ tou= i.
See already alpha 3788 (end), copied from here.
[1] The headword is the epic/Ionic spelling of xra/w (which we would do better to call *xrh/w). In Ionic the eta became shorter and more closed before an o-vowel (cf. the participle xre/wsa). Epic meter required a long vowel, so it was spelled with epsiloniota to represent a closed long e. Similar glosses in other lexica and grammarians. See also chi 469, chi 492, chi 519, chi 541, chi 547.
[2] cf. chi 519, chi 520, epsilon 4045.
M. Lejeune, Phonétique historique du mycénien et du grec ancien, (Paris 1972) p. 256.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 June 2007@21:29:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more x-refs; cosmetics) on 5 June 2007@03:17:31.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 13 March 2008@01:04:54.
Catharine Roth (updated bibliography) on 5 June 2008@11:01:22.
David Whitehead on 13 November 2013@04:55:34.


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