From: Abdullah Konushevci
On 4/21/06, Peter P <roskis@...> wrote:--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Patrick Ryan" <proto-language@...>
> 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
Obviously these are not the ones that Alexandru is talking about, but
it does seem to me that Rocky Mountains (aka Rockies) is very likely.
*ak'-'sharp'. Oldest form *H2ek'-, colored to *H2ak'-. Suffixed form *ak'-men 'stone, sharp stone used as a tool with metathetic variant *k'a-men (cf. Slavic <kamen> 'stone') with variant form *k'a-mer (cf. English hammer).
Alb. <karpë> 'rocky hill with sharp peak', pl. <karpat>, seems to be primitive singular of <krep> 'rocky crag' (pl. <krepat>), as well with intensive prefix sh-krep 'pointed crag, rocky crag', pl. <sh-krepat> shows the same development as <akrep> 'scorpion' (pl. akrepat) and <sh-krapël> 'id.', pl. <shkraplat>.
Question is: may we assume that *k'H2e-, extended in noun –r/-n suffix and extended in bilabial stop yields Alb. <karpë> from *k'H2ar-p-eH2? I don't know any other case that laryngeal *H2 cause the velarization of palatal, but I can't see another solution.