He will also inquire why it is that
there are two vowels which may be repeated, while
a consonant can only be followed and modified by
a different consonant.1 But i can follow i (for
coniicit is derived from iacit2): so too does u, witness the modern spelling of seruus and uulgus. He
should also know that Cicero preferred to write
aiio and Maaiiam with a double i; in that case one
of them is consonantalised.
1 The two vowels are i and u. A consonant cannot be
duplicated within one syllable.
2 The derivation is mentioned to show that two i's, not
one, are found in the second syllable of coniicit.
Quintilian. With an English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1920.
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