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Dear Michael,

I would like to ask you the following question: I am studying bio-sciences and I often come across the word " cognitive" and i am trying to figure out whether it has a Greek origin or a Latin one. I found that it comes from the Latin cognitivus however i feel like it has a close association with the " γιγνώσκω". Could you help me solve my query?
Thank you very much in advance
Angelos

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Hi Angelos,

thank you for your question. The word comes from the supine form of the Latin verb "to know" (cognosco --> cognit-um --> cognit-ivus). Its similarity to the Greek verb "γιγνώσκω" is due to the common Indo-European root *gno. If you are good at linguistics you can observe it in English (kno-w), German (kenn-en), Italian ([g]no-sco) and all Indo-European languages.

Let me know if you need anything else.

Cordially,
Michael

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I provide assistance in linguistic, literary topics of Greek and Latin covering, thus, the following fields: translation, grammar, syntax, vocabulary, etymology, morphology, semantics and interpretations etc.

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Studies: University of the Aegean, Dept Rhodes Friedrich Wilhelm Universitšt Bonn

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