Reconstruction:Frankish/willijan

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This Frankish entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Frankish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wiljaną, from Proto-Indo-European *welh₁- (to wish, will). Cognate with Old Saxon willian (to want), Old High German wellen, wollen (to want, choose), Old English willan (to will).

Verb[edit]

*willijan

  1. to want

Conjugation[edit]

This verb originally had only subjunctive forms in the present tense. This subjunctive later became the new indicative, and a new analogical subjunctive was created to take its place. It is not certain if this had already occurred in Frankish.

The present stem was later replaced by *wold-. This change seems to have started in the Frankish/Franconian dialects, and did not spread to Old Saxon, and reached Upper German rather late. It is therefore not certain whether this change had already happened in Frankish.

Descendants[edit]