By Ivy Livingston
Because the oldest literary Latin preserved in any volume, the language of Livius indicates many gains of linguistic curiosity and increases exciting questions of phonolgy, morphology and syntax.
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Since we should not, therefore, have complete faith in the statements of the grammarians, it may be profitable to use other methods to determine independently, if possible, the sense of topper . One obvious way to begin is to examine the context of the word, but this method cannot be expected to reveal much more to modern scholars than it did to the ancients. The context fails not only to confirm the translations quoted in Festus, but also to suggest any reasonably sure alternative. It may prove useful to note, however, that in seven of the nine passages, topper is the initial word of the sentence.
Nihil est odiosius adfectatione , nec utique ab ultimis et iam oblitteratis repetita temporibus , qualia sunt topper et antegerio et exanclare et prosapia et Saliorum carmina vix sacerdotibus suis satis intellecta . 40). See also Lebek, p. 36 Á/9. 3. Although parum exists as an indeclinable noun, historically it is the old neut. acc. sg. of the adjective which became parvus , -a , -um . *Par-u' o-m became *parom by regular sound change and this gave parum , which was able to be retained as the noun/adverb because it had become dissociated from the adjectival paradigm, where the loss of *-u' - before *-o- left a stem alternating between *par- and *paru' - .
Several theories of the origin of the -nunt have been advanced, although none seems to have won anything like universal acceptance. One of the most popular ideas takes the eo compounds as the first bearers of the ending and connects the extra -nwith that of Lith. einu` ‘go’ and/or Hitt. 6 It is quite implausible that this distribution in Latin is coincidental. Other scholars have taken danunt as the starting point for the ending, apparently on the grounds that it is the only such form attested with any frequency.