Re[2]: [tied] "Rs" in Latin/Greek/IE/etc.

From: Brian M. Scott
Message: 30625
Date: 2004-02-04

At 12:58:44 AM on Wednesday, February 4, 2004, Lisa wrote:

>>> The Romans introduced the rh- and -rrh- in the first
>>> century BC, and sometimes over-corrected, especially in
>>> foreign names, e.g. Rhenus.

>>Ah, so overcorrecting merely because it's foreign? I
>>assume whatever Rhenus was was Celtic (or perhaps
>>Germanic), and thus would be
>> voiced.

> Is that in fact the case? Just wanted to check.

According to Watkins it's from Gaulish <Re:nos> 'river'
(extended from PIE *h3reih2-).