From: Patrick Ryan
----- Original Message -----From: alexandru_mg3Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 5:31 PMTo: email@example.comSubject: [tied] Re: Dacian Sounds Laws - (2) Long Vowels
As regarding Abdullah derivation PAlb *ka-mai-tya:
1. I fully agree that a prefix kë- exists in Albanian.
2. but the suffix -tya: eng. 'made by' is really used to construct
other nouns from nouns(substances) (not from verbs) => see a similar
construction in Dacian *Karpa:-tya: (< Rom. CarpaTi) 'made by'
+ 'rock' => 'The Rocky Mountains'
I would be very skeptical of this analysis.
So far as I know, 'rock' never appears as *karp- (with the possible exception of Albanian).
I would speculate that we may be dealing with *ka(:)r- + *pet-, 'wing'.
"made of rock" as a name for a mountain chain strikes me as highly unlikely.