- Is the genitive ending is always the Genitive form in Gothic? Is it ever es like the Heafdes in Old English?
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- --- In email@example.com, "Le Bateman" <LeBateman@A...> wrote:
>Gothic? Is it ever es like the Heafdes in Old English?
> Is the genitive ending is always the Genitive form in
> LeNouns which have the genitive ending -is in the singular have a
different genitive ending in the plural. Some Greek names in the
Gothic bible can have -es in the genitive singular, e.g. Iohannes.
Native Gothic nouns fall into a number of categories, each category
having its own set of endings. Not all of them have the genitive
singular -is. See for yourself [
N = Nominative
A = Accusative
G = Genitive
D = Dative
The Gothic scribes sometimes mix up the letters <ei> and <e> (and
occasionally also <i>), in some sections of the bible more than
others. It's possible that this could lead to a genitive singular
written -es, where the original spelling would have had <ei>. I'm
not sure if there is an example of that, but it wouldn't be
surprising. Apart from such instances, I don't think any native
Gothic noun would normally be spelt with <es> in the genitive
singular. They wouldn't be listed this way in grammar books that
use the regular spelling. Some people believe that <ai> represented
the monophthong /E:/ [
http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/sampa/index.html ] in unstressed
positions such as the genitive singular ending -ais.