Res: [tied] swallow vs. nighingale

From: Joao S. Lopes
Message: 50384
Date: 2007-10-20

Antenor Nascentes in his etymological dictionary quotes attempts to explain luscinia as from luges-cin- "sad singer", *lux-cin- "singing at the light (of dawn)", *lusci-cin "singing at the dusk".

Joao SLopes

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De: Piotr Gasiorowski <gpiotr@...>
Enviadas: Sábado, 20 de Outubro de 2007 9:49:30
Assunto: Re: [tied] swallow vs. nighingale

On 2007-10-20 13:51, tonsls wrote:

> In luscinius the -cin-
> segment, i.e. the unstressed version of can- = sing, is readily
> detectable. So, apparently, both Roman and Germanic names simply
> stressed the bird's singing (or human brain-effect) feature.

Cf. va:ticinius 'prophetic'. Any guessses as regards the lus- part?
Lewis & Short suggest a connection with *k^leu-, which I can't take
seriously. The Proto-Romance variant *ruscinia (as if = 'country
singer', excuse the pun) is surely folk-etymological, isn't it?


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