N added to Latin words ending in R?

Discussion in 'Etymology, History of languages, and Linguistics (EHL)' started by Triginta Septem, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Triginta Septem Member

    Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    English - America
    In some forms of Latin words (or in words borrowed from Latin) ending in "r" (or maybe just "er"), an "n" is added before a suffix. Examples: pater - paternal, mater - maternity, frater - fraternize. To my knowledge it doesn't happen in any other IE language. What is the reason for this change?
  2. ireney

    ireney Modistra

    Greek Greece Mod of Greek, CC and CD
    Unless I am very much mistaken (not impossible, haven't studied Latin for ages) they all come from the Latin adjectives. Fraternus, maternus and so on and so forth. So you see, the "n" was there from the very beginning :) .
  3. origumi Senior Member


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