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Headword: *ta/
Adler number: tau,1
Translated headword: the, these
Vetting Status: high
[ta/ means the same as] tau=ta.
Greek Original:
*ta/: tau=ta.
Same entry in Photius (tau1 Theodoridis) and in the D scholia to Homer, Iliad 1.125 (where the headword occurs); similar (longer) ones in Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon and in Hesychius. The headword is the pronoun/adjective o(, h(, to/, here in the neuter plural nominative/accusative ta/.
Originally a demonstrative, as in the epic dialect. It later became reduced to the function of a definite article, in the same manner as the Romance definite article developed from Latin ille, illa, illud.
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic
Translated by: Paul McKechnie on 9 June 1999@22:27:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (Added note, raised status.) on 22 November 2000@14:43:51.
David Whitehead (betacoding and other cosmetics) on 21 September 2004@07:07:58.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 19 June 2011@06:05:39.
David Whitehead (expanded note; tweaking) on 5 January 2014@09:40:34.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 5 January 2014@21:36:35.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 20 April 2015@01:14:01.


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