11078RE: Final -t in preterite 3rd sng.?
- Sep 7 8:01 AM
The expected third-person singular preterite indicative form of 'beitan' ('to bite') is 'bait'. The form 'baith' is the expected 3.p.sg.pret.indic. of 'beidan' ('to wait'). Neither form, however, is extant.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, <email@example.com> wrote:I have been unable to find information on this in Bennett so I thought I could voice my question to the group: In verbs such as "beitan" (to bite) I am finding that Verbix is rendering the present indicative 3rd person singular as "baiþ" (baith) see link:Whereas, David Salo's lessons are rendering it "bait" (the final -th is just -t) see:http://web.archive.org/web/20100717130811/http://members.terracom.net/~dorothea/david/gothic/lesson2.htmlWhile I don't say "it bit" often I am hopeing someone can shed some light on this. Bennett only mentions briefly on page 17 of "An Introduction to the Gothic Language" that final -d becomes -þ (thorn, th) but no mention of final -t changing. Does Verbix have it wrong here, or know something that the others do not?Apologies if this seems a small and insignificant conversation topic, but these details are important to a newbie hoping to get it right... :)Justine
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