Re: Latin anthroponyms

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 16702
Date: 2002-11-12

--- In cybalist@..., "Lisa" <eris@...> wrote:

> The construction of "Leukippos" crossed my mind a few months ago.
> Clearly it is from leukos + hippos. Can someone explain to me why,
> when the words would combine, the kappa of leukos didn't change to a
> khi in order to reflect aspiration? Or was aspiration truly lost in
> Old Greek when combinations like this occurred? (On the other hand,
> if my question can be answered with Peter's suggestion of "the
> Voces", then I'm sure I will find out in the near future.)

The aspirate in Attic hippos is unetymological. The normal development
of pre-Gk. ikWos was <ippos/ikkos>, hence such names as Leukippos and
Glaukippos (cf. leukHeimo:n 'dressed in white' <-- heima 'garment').