Reconstruction:Proto-Indo-European/pénkʷe

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This Proto-Indo-European 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.

Proto-Indo-European[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Usually explained as a derivation from the words for "fist" and "finger":

Ultimately all of these forms may go back to a verbal stem *penkʷ- (to take in hand, to handle), but which is not attested in any of the daughter languages. According to Blažek (1999: 229) however, the meanings “fist”, etc. are primary.[1] Relation has been suggested to *ponkʷ-to- (all, whole), possibly seen in Latin cūnctus and Hittite 𒉺𒀭𒆪𒍑 (pa-an-ku-uš, family), thus *pénkʷe meaning "the whole (hand)".[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Sihler 1995): IPA(key): /ˈpen.kʷe/, [ˈpeŋ⁽ʷ⁾.kʷe][2]

Numeral[edit]

Proto-Indo-European cardinal numbers
 <  4 5 6  > 
    Cardinal : *pénkʷe
    Ordinal : *penkʷetós[3]

*pénkʷe

  1. five

Declension[edit]

Uninflected.

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Franklin E. Horowitz (1992). “On the Proto-Indo-European etymon for ‘hand’.” WORD―Journal of the International Linguistic Association, 43(3), 411-419.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sihler, Andrew L. (1995) New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, →ISBN
  3. ^ Fortson, Benjamin W. (2004, 2010) Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction, Oxford: Blackwell
  • Blažek, Václav. 1999. Numerals. Comparative-Etymological Analysis and their Implications. Brno: Masarykova Univerzita v Brně