Re: The meaning of life: PIE. *gWiH3w-

From: fournet.arnaud
Message: 55509
Date: 2008-03-19

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From: Piotr Gasiorowski

On 2008-03-18 17:46, Brian M. Scott wrote:

> *welh2- (Watkins) or *huelhn- (Beekes) 'wool', with reflexes
> in Sanskrit, Avestan, Latin, Greek, Balto-Slavic, Celtic,
> Germanic.

_And_ Anatolian (Hitt. hulana-, CLuw. *hulani- [SÍG-la-ni-])! The
optimal reconstruction is certainly *h2wl.h1-no/ah2-. George Hinge's
recent proposal (a prothetic vowel in Greek fails to develop before a
closed syllable containing a syllabic consonant) accounts for Gk. le:nos
if one assumes the syllabification *h2wl.h1,no-.



TheTibetan word bal "wool" is intriguing.
It looks closer to the original *b_l that
yielded *-wel- than PIE
They cannot be cognates either
Hulana supposes a velar spirant
which could have been Tibetan hbal

Something's strange.

And I won't readily accept as a PIE
cognate a late neolithic word.