Talk:παῖς

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This page has no reason to be written with the Ancient Greek orthography. Please refer to pais to see the original page content. Medellia 08:25, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

EtymologyEdit

The relation to Latin puer etc. seems obscure because it is based on similarity to "pais" but the root in Ancient Greek is actually paid-. How can the interferring "d" be explained? --78.60.103.193 12:57, 27 May 2012 (UTC)

It looks like PIE had no second consonant in the stem. It was simply peh₂-u. The iota and delta seem to be a Greek innovation, and one which has plenty of precedent (another example where Greek added a dental to a third declension stem is ὄνομα (onoma)). The Latin "er" is a little more difficult, but seems to follow a pattern based on gener, socer. Hope that helps. -Atelaes λάλει ἐμοί 21:47, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
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