Re: [tied] Ancient Greek name for Volga River
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, "C. Darwin Goranson"
> Just to add on a nice tidbit that may or may not aid in this: the Czech
> name for the Moldau river is Vltava. The first two letters look veeeery
"11 The etymology of Volga as proposed by the linguist Trubetzkoy in
his lectures at the University of Vienna was as follows: in
primitive eastern Slavic, unrounded front vowels changed into rounded
back vowels before a tauto-syllabic l, so that jilga must have changed
to julga; the initial j was lost before rounded vowels in eastern
Slavic, and the initial u acquired an obligatory prothetic v. Thus the
form vulga arose, and short u changed in the 12th13th centuries into
o. So through a long series of changes Jilga became Volga. (Oral
information by Roman Jakobson.)"