Re: [tied] PIE *ser - to flow

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 43986
Date: 2006-03-29

On 2006-03-29 08:27, alexandru_mg3 wrote:

> Please also: to give me some 'valid' words that belong to the root
> *ser (and not to *sreu), because with the exception of Latin serum
> (I wasn't able to find another 'sure one')

Ved. pres. sí-sar-ti 'flow' etc., RV sárma- 'flowing' < *sor-mo-s, cf.
Gk. hormé: 'rapid forward motion', Skt. sara- 'liquid', sa:ra- 'course,
motion' (< *sor-o-s). There are also numerous hydronyms with the
unextended element *ser-, though their value as evidence is only
supplementary. Note that we are probably talking about _pre-PIE_ word
formation, so that, although in this particular case the "primitive"
root survived independently into PIE, this need not be true in general.
For example, we have *dr-éu-, *dr-ém- and *dr-áh2-, all meaning 'run',
but there is no *der- with the same meaning.