CAUSES, CONJECTURES AND CONJUNCTIONS IN EARLY OLD HIGH GERMAN TRANSLATIONS 1. The Old High German causal conjunctions Any consultation of a dictionary of the Old High German Tatian translation, or indeed a dictionary of Old High German äs a whole, might lead one to believe that the words bithiu, wanta or bithiu wanta were virtually interchangeable, at least in their function äs causal conjunctions. For example, in his second edition of the Tatian Sievers lists äs the second meaning of bithiu >quia, weil, denn< (p. 464), äs the first meaning of uuanta >quia, weil, denn< (p. 482), and lists bithiu uuanta äs a simple variant of uuanta, again in the same meanings (p.483).1 Of course, the repeated listing >quia, weil, denn< would tend to imply that these three words are simply variants of one another. But they are not. To state the obvious, the first of these words is Latin. It is not in fact a translation of the Old High German words it is listed after, but rather the word that the Old High German words are supposed to translate. The distinction is important, and I will show why below. In his Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch<, Schützeichel lists, among
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