Re: Language - Area - Routes
From: Sergejus Tarasovas
--- In cybalist@..., "Piotr Gasiorowski" <gpiotr@...> wrote:
> Yes, I'm correcting my own mistake. I attempted to transform the
unsyncopated form into "Oleg" rather than start with Helgi. The vowel
that underwent shortening must have been either the diphthong ei (the
Scandinavian reflex of *ai) or the dialectal e: that developed from
it, and the shortening cluster owed its existence to vowel syncope
(cf. Icelandic heilagi : helgi). A rather late development. I'd date
it ca. 750-800.
Unfortunately, 800 still fits perfectly. If it happened a century
later then the Scandianvian theory would be under the threat.