Re: [tied] Re: prussian dalptan

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 20714
Date: 2003-04-02

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From: "alex_lycos" <altamix@...>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 10:55 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Re: prussian dalptan

> There cannot be a coincidence this "-altan" there with the same meaning where the difference is just the initial sp/d The explanation should be to find what about "d" versus "s" If the Old Prussain form is dalptan an "d" = "s" would give an "salptan" which metatesised will give spaltan. In another way, if there has been originaly an "spalt-" then how should be the path?

What path? Alex, you're catching at straws and wasting bandwidth. The root *dHelbH- occurs in Baltic (Lith. delbti). There's no interchange of /d-/ : /s-/ or simplification of /pt/ in either Baltic or Germanic. Germanic *speld-/*spald- is a root on its own right.