Re: [tied] OE "afor"

From: Miguel Carrasquer
Message: 27971
Date: 2003-12-04

On Thu, 04 Dec 2003 21:34:35 +0100, alex <alxmoeller@...> wrote:

>OK, thank you. In this case there are two posibilities: substratual
>language of Rom. handled PIE *ai/*oi reducing them to "a"

In Albanian, ai > e and bh > b.

>The curiosity remains that the German
>linguists hesited to give the simply *aibhros as etymology, prefering to
>say "Herkunft liegt im Dunkel."

My Kluge says:

In mhd. *i:fer erkennt W.Schulze [] substantivierung des Adj. ahd eivar,
eibar, ags. a:for "herb". Dies mit lat. aibrumas 'Sodbrennen' zu *aibhro-
'scharf, herb', einer Erweiterung der idg. Wurzel *ai- 'brennen'.

See Pokorny, with reservations, under *ai-.

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal