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Permutating the Vowels - Permutations in the Evolution of the Ego-Pronouns

Permutating the Vowels - Permutations in the Evolution of the Ego-Pronouns

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To investigate the Ego-words another approach is investigated, in which the common PIE-source is abandoned and the ego-pronoun is to be considered as a derivation of the local divine name of the sky-god. The sky-god's name has been evolving by extensions of the vowel series, which had to be followed by similar extensions of the ego-pronouns, which cannot be explained by the PIE-reconstructions.
To investigate the Ego-words another approach is investigated, in which the common PIE-source is abandoned and the ego-pronoun is to be considered as a derivation of the local divine name of the sky-god. The sky-god's name has been evolving by extensions of the vowel series, which had to be followed by similar extensions of the ego-pronouns, which cannot be explained by the PIE-reconstructions.

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Permutating the Vowels
Permutations in the Evolution of the Ego-Pronouns
 
Introduction
In the nominative of thePersonal pronouns of the First person Singular there are two PIE-reconstructions (by Beekes and Sihler):Beekes:
*heǵ(oH/Hom)
 Sihler:
*eǵoH
 Sihler also defines the dual:
*weh
. The plural forms are
*uei
respectively
*we-i
.The sky-god's name has been evolving by extensions of the vowel series, which had to be followed by similar extensions of the ego-pronouns, which cannot be explained by the PIE-reconstructions.Both the core for the sky-god and the modern ego-pronouns seem to have designed as series of vowels. The divine name is to be considered as a growing series of vocals, which partly andtemporarily also had been followed by the ego-pronouns.The PIE-reconstructions however include consonants “g”, which is a seldom element in modernego-pronouns.
Capitalization
Although the pronouns use many irregular word-forms Ego only has one form
1
. This may simplifythe research. First of all I had been puzzled by ego's capitalization.Capitalization of pronouns and names often indicates respect. A 19th century German commentedthat:“The British, who rule the Ocean and despise other European nations, express the Latin
ego
 by ‘I’, always capitalized”
2
. Wycliffe used an Y also capitalized although nobody misunderstood this prominent character as alower cap letter “l” or a cipher “1”.Genesis 3-10 “And Adam seide,
Y
herde thi vois in paradijs, and
Y
drede, for 
Y
was nakid,and
Y
hidde me.”Why had Y been abandoned if the interpretation of this character was superior to “i”?Capitalization of an “ego”-word is disrespectful to others, unless the Ego is considered as an imageof the Creator, which must have impressed medieval believers much more than modern people.The capitalization of Wycliffe's Y seems to indicate the image-character of Y as an image of YHWHrespectively Yahweh.
1Addressing Jupiter and the other Olympian deities at Martianus Capella
 Marriage of Philology and Mercury
3.325,the personified Grammar draws attention to many irregular word-forms, and asks why
ego
has only the one form, but Minerva interrupts her for fear that she may bore her audience.Chapter 17 - Classical Latin - JC McKeown2Chapter 17 - Classical Latin - JC McKeown
 
Vowel-words
Obviously genuine vowel-words played a mayor role in the definition of religious symbolism. Now it might be interesting to investigate the number of genuine vowel-words, which may becreated by permutating these vowels. How many words may be created by permutating three, four,five or seven vowels? Even the trivial case of one singular vowel seems to be problematic. First of all we must define the number of vowels in the alphabet, which implies solving the followingquestions:
are we supposed to consider the U or V or even the double U (W) as a vowel?
Are we going to consider J and Y as vowels?
Is Æ to be considered as a vowel combination of A & E or a separate vowel?These requirements will invite us to define the set of vowels before we start investigations.
Words with even numbers of Vowels
As a remarkable fact we may observe that systems seem to prefer uneven numbers of vowels (1, 3,5, 7). Even numbers may have developed by erosion, in which for example a Provencal ego- pronoun “
iéu
” might loose a vowel u and deteriorate to “
 je
”.The basic fear of even numbers may have lead to concepts with uneven numbers of vowels.In the late-8th century BCE a Romansuperstitionhas been reported that held even numbersto be unlucky. One of the traditional Kings of Rome, Numa Pompilius, decided to reform thecalendar to make as few months as possible have even numbers of days. His first reformadded two months, January and February, to the end of the calendar, and made all themonths, save February, have odd numbers of days. This made the calendar roughly alternatein the number of days in a month: 31, 29, 31, 29, 31, 29, 29, 31, 29, 29, 29, 28
3
.This might have lead to the idea to name the gods with an uneven number of vowels.Still it must have been easy to define a “lucky” name IU for the Roman God Jupiter with an(unlucky) even number of two vowels I and U. IU-piter however has been reported to have beenstarted with a three vowel core IOU
4
and cannot be considered as a two vowel word. But how couldRomans, who were so superstitious in fearing dual names for their gods choose to abbreviate IOUto IU?But even then we will have to face the fact that there is a considerable difference between IU-piter and IOU-piter. As in
Díáús
the core's vowels had to be pronounced as long vowels:
íóú
,
íéú
respectively
íáú
. The Roman priests must have lost the symbolism of these long vowels at an earlystage by simply skipping the long vowel
ó
from
íóú
.In contrast the dialects in remote Italian valleys still honor the long vowel
ó
in their ego-pronounsand use
íóú
. The
 Patois
of Villar-St-Pancrace still uses the ego-pronoun
iòu
më, respectively m'
iòu
.
 
 yiou
, including the accent at the (long) vowel
ò.
The dialect of 
 Nîmes
uses
 
the ego- pronoun
Yiou
, which proves the population did not not forget the symbol “o”.
 Iuppiter 
originated as a vocative compoundof theOld Latin vocative *
 Iou
and
 pater 
("father") andcame to replace the Old Latinnominative case *
 Ious
. - from Wikipedia's entry Jupiter 
 
The requirement of unlucky even (2-, 4- and 6-vowel) names however may be unprovable or unrealistic. In fact the Jewish concept also developed 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-character long divine names asderivations from the Tetragrammaton, which had been arranged in aTetractysshape
5
.Why thenshould not the Romans feel comfortable to shorten IOU to IU?
Published to public domain in Wikipedia's entry Tetractys  From diagram by German Hebraist/CabalistJohannes Reuchlin 5Tetragrammaton-Tetractys
 
 Fig. 1: Tetractys

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