con + sequ + ence/ + es ➔ consequences
Some semantic interpretations:
Read the etymology of <consequence> from Etymonline and consider with respect to the climate crisis.
late 14c., "logical inference, conclusion," from Old French consequence "result" (13c., Modern French conséquence), from Latin consequentia, abstract noun from present-participle stem of consequi "to follow after," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + sequi "to follow" (from PIE root *sekw- (1) "to follow").
Some orthographic investigations include:
Have a go with the investigation described at right from a lesson I did with students years ago. (Continues on following page.)
The <consequences> of following the trail left by the spelling of words
Morphological and Etymological Relatives of the bound base <sequ> for “follow”
The words listed below all belong to the etymological family of the Latin root sequi for “follow”. They all belong somewhere in “oval” marking this etymological family.
- Analyze these words with word sums to find which of the members of this etymological family share the base element <sequ>. Place those words in the “square” inside the “oval” to show that they are in the same “immediate” morphological family. You can make a matrix with those words!
- Words that don’t have a base <sequ> cannot fit in the square, but do belong in the oval. Write those words in the oval outside of the square.
- How does the underlying meaning “follow” relate to either or both of the sentences below.
- Future generations will live with the consequences of how our generation chooses to address the environmental impact of climate change.
- Is there such a thing as an inconsequential lie?
- Challenge questions you may want to discuss...
- Do you notice something interesting about the pronunciation of the <t> in <subsequent>t> and <sequential>?
- Which was the most interesting word in this list for you?