*méntis (word) "thought"

*méntis is a reconstructed word in the Proto-Indo-European proto-language related to psycholinguistics. It is usually translated as "thought." The Proto-Indo-European Proto-Language belongs to the language family known as Indo-European.

The reconstructed word *méntis may contain constituents like *men- (root) + *-tis (suffix)

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The study of language is aided by means of documented evidence in the form-factor of writing. However, not all languages utilized writing at all points in time. Consequently, scholars rely on the comparative method in order to fill this gap. While useful, this method is not perfect. This is why words that begin with '*' are called reconstructions; they are word forms reconstructed by means of said method.

  • What this means: information with 'proto-' or '*' before it is either speculative, understood as accurate by a minority of scholars, or both
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Other mentions of *méntis

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§ 20.1. Knowledge and Thought
Mallory, OI PIE, 325. Read on OMNIKA

Constituents of *méntis

  • *men- (root) "think; consider"
  • *-tis (suffix) "a word ending that creates abstract and action nouns from verb roots"

Descendants of *méntis

Citation

MLA 8

PsychLing Contributors. "*méntis." PsychLing, OMNIKA Foundation, 7 Sep. 2023, psylng.org/mli/indo/pie/méntis. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

APA 6

PsychLing (2023, September 7). *méntis. Retrieved from https://psylng.org/mli/indo/pie/méntis

CMS 16

PsychLing Contributors. "*méntis." Las Vegas, NV: OMNIKA Foundation. Created September 7, 2023. Modified September 7, 2023. Accessed April 18, 2024. https://psylng.org/mli/indo/pie/méntis.

Bibliography

WM

Internet Archive Contributors. "Wayback Machine." San Francisco, CA: Internet Archive. Created October 24, 2001. Accessed July 21, 2023. https://web.archive.org. [Visit]

EDPG

Kroonen, Guus. Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic.Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2013.

OI PIE

Mallory, James P., and Douglas Q. Adams. The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Wiktionary

Wales, Jimmy D., et al. "Wiktionary: The Free Dictionary." San Francisco, CA: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Created December 12, 2002. Accessed July 28, 2023. https://wiktionary.org. [Visit]

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