Re: Kossack's Conclusions

From: Brian M. Scott
Message: 55567
Date: 2008-03-20

At 11:32:13 AM on Thursday, March 20, 2008, tgpedersen


> Other possible cognates:

> Germanic *xanso:- "community of people" (in whichever
> sense)
> BTW Finnish kansa "people" is cognate to the Estonian
> suffix -ga of the recent comitative ("with") case, cf. ON
> hos prep. "at, chez".

What ON <hos>? The O(W)N preposition is <hjá>, from *hi:wa-
'household, family', PIE *k^ei-wo-; OSw has <ho:s>. If I
understand him correctly, Noreen derives it from *xanso:,
presumably with u-umlaut from the dative/locative, something
like *xansu > *hOns > ho:s, but I've also seen a suggestion
that it's from the 'house' word, exactly parallel to <chez>
and very similar to <hjá>.