Re: *H2kous- ‘to hear, feel’

From: Jens Elmegård Rasmussen
Message: 41181
Date: 2005-10-09

--- In, "Abdullah Konushevci"
<akonushevci@...> wrote:
> *H2kous-n-yo > *kas-n-yo (*H2 attested only in Greek; *ou >
Alb. /a/)>
> *ka:njo (loss of /s/ cause the lengthening of preceding vowel *–
asn- > -
> a:n-) > *konj (*a: > Alb. /o/), later prefixed form n- (<*H1en) +
> > ngonj `I hear'.
> (cf. Eng. to hear, Gr. akuein `id.', Serb-Croat. <c^uti> `to
> Geg form seems to be regular, as phonetically, as semantically
> speaking, but problematic is Tosk form <dëgjoj> `I hear', derived
> prefixed form dë-koj, that, according to Barich is akin to
> Greek "akuein".
> I wonder if also Alb. <shqisë> `sense' is also derive from *sku:d-
> (cf. Serb-Croat <c^ulo> `id.').
> Any help?

The verb is a borrowing from Latin intelligo. Gustav Meyer has it
already (Etym.Wb., 1891), mentioning dialect forms containing
material lost in the modern standard forms, such as dëlgónj from
Greece and Southern Italy. Buzuk spells <endiglogn->.