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Cretan µωλεῖν ‘Contend, Bring an Action to Court’

In: Mnemosyne
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  • 1 Universidade de São Paulo, Depto. de Letras Clássicas e Vernáculas
  • | 2 Universität zu Köln, Institut für Linguistik
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Abstract

It is argued that Cretan µωλεῖν ‘contend, bring an action to court’ may be derived from PIE *melh3- ‘to go, walk’, attested also in Gk. prs. βλώσκω, aor. ἔµολον, reflecting the frequent usage of motion verbs in legal contexts meaning ‘file a lawsuit’. The derivational basis of µωλέω may have been a thematized root noun *mṓlh3-s ‘going (to court)’ or a vr̥ddhi-formation based on *µολός ‘going’.

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