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Greek v. Latin - compound words

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Greek v. Latin - compound words

Postby badandy » Fri Oct 28, 2005 2:54 pm

I was thinking about the compounding of words to create new words and the similarities of Greek and Germanic languages. These are examples of Greek and Latin

stratarche:s - general, military leader (e: is eta - long e)
strategos - general
stratopedon - army camp, tent
stratia - army
stratiote:s - soldier
strateuma - expedition, campaign, army
stratelasia - military expedition
strateusis - a general's order
stratagema - an act of a general
strategion - a general's tent
strategia - military tactics
strateusimos - fit for army service

the same list in Latin:

dux
tabernaculum
exercitus
milites
expeditio
imperantium
castrum
disciplina
utibilis











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Postby M. Henri Day » Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:49 am

Interesting observation, badandy ! While the corresponding terms for these matters in Western European languages have been heavily influenced by the Latin, I wonder what the case is in say, Russian, where the linguistic influence of Greek has been much stronger (or so I understand). Perhaps our spaceman or some of the other slavists on this forum (like the good doctor himself) could address this matter ?...

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