Re: Old English and Old Norse

From: Andrew Jarrette
Message: 63127
Date: 2009-02-18

--- In, Piotr Gasiorowski <gpiotr@...> wrote:
> On 2009-02-18 20:57, Andrew Jarrette wrote:
> > I also don't know the etymology of ON "tiginn" but it looks to have
> > the form of a past participle of ON <tjá> "to show, point, inform,
> > notify, communicate", whether it really is or not. In any case, it
> > must go back to a PGmc form *tigenaz or *tiginaz, and not *Ti:waz, and
> > hence is not related to OE Tig.
> Cf. Goth. teihan etc. They are all from PIE *deik^- 'show, point'
(as in
> "deictic") and, indeed, have nothing to do with *deiwo-.
> Piotr

Yeah, and as descendants of the *deik^- root, "tiginn" and especially
"tiggi" in their meaning of "king, noble, etc." probably go back to an
original sense "one who shows the way, leader". I would also bet that
these words occur only or chiefly in poetry.