Latin Super, Hittite Šer, and the Indo-European Numeral ‘7’

Kenneth Shields 1
  • 1 English Department, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania 17551-0302, USA

Latin Super, Hittite Šer, and the Indo-European Numeral ‘7’

In this brief paper, it is argued that the initial *s- found in the Latin and perhaps Greek reflexes of the Indo-European adprep *uper(i) ‘over, above’ derives from blending with another adprep of the same meaning, *ser(i). Evidence is also presented for the creation of another blend involving these two forms, *sep-, which may underlie the Indo-European root for ‘7’. This latter assertion is strengthened by typological precedent.

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