εθελω vs θελω

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PhillipLebsack
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εθελω vs θελω

Post by PhillipLebsack » November 4th, 2018, 7:57 pm

So apparently θελω can be in the present tense as εθελω. I'm wondering why we have this difference and if there is a difference in meaning? Does adding an augment do anything else besides change tense? The sources I've checked (BDAG and others) seem to suggest that both words have the exact same meaning. But why the difference with the augment?
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Re: εθελω vs θελω

Post by Stephen Carlson » November 5th, 2018, 1:28 am

The initial ἐ- of ἔθελω is not an augment but actually original (see the Attic form). In some Ionic dialects, this verb lost its initial vowel.
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