Re: [tied] -poulos and -putra

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 17313
Date: 2003-01-01

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From: "Piotr Gasiorowski" <piotr.gasiorowski@...>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 01, 2003 11:40 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Modern Greek patronymic suffix -POULOS

> Latin pullus 'chick, young fowl'. In post-Classical Greek <-poulo> (pl. <-poula>) was a neuter diminutive suffix (forming names of young birds, then of other animals, then of human offspring), and was finally employed as a masculine family-name suffix (<-poulos>).

I forgot to add that <pullus> is ultimately connected with Indo-Iranian *putra- 'child, son' < *putlos (thus also with <-putra> as an Indic family-name element), though the semantic development of the Latin word in Greek is much later and independent.