Etymology of honorific particle jI
karp at UW.EDU.PL
Thu Jun 23 14:16:47 EDT 2005
At 18:43 2005-06-23, you wrote:
>why should one require a precedent in Skt, Pkt or even
Here are two articles of my belief.
Words survive only when they can continue to be used in useful contexts.
When we look for the etymology of words, we try to establish their original
forms, testing our hyptheses not only via phonetic/morphophonetic laws, but
also, wherever it's possible - by checking the contexts in which the
supposed protoforms used to be used.
And so - if jIva (or upAdhyAya) are thought to be the predecessors of
modern jI, then they should have been used in similar contexts. But they
zRNotv AryaH/o/A - suno jI
pravizatu AryaH/oA - baiTho jI
point to Arya; and they seem more convincing than impossible constructions
like: pravizatu jIva/jIvatu.
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