Re: (was The reason for Caesar's ...) HORSA vs. EXWA

From: Torsten
Message: 68756
Date: 2012-03-04

--- In, "Tavi" <oalexandre@...> wrote:
> --- In, "Torsten" <tgpedersen@> wrote:
> >
> > > Very interesting indeed. Are you suggesting the Mari forms
> > > kə^ryə^ža- > kurža- could be the source of West IE
> > > *kors- 'to run'? In that case, we can forget the connection with
> > > the Germanic word for 'horse'.
> >
> > Actually to the Germanic word too. Don't forget that the
> > FU-speaking
> >
> > and the Germanic-speaking
> >
> > and
> >
> > were neighbors.
> >
> Yes, I know. But your proposal seems to be very unlikely for
> chronological reasons.

Here's why that chronological peroid is right for proposing the adoption of a new term 'runner' for a horse:
Caesar: De bello Gallico 1 XLVIII
about the tactics of Ariovistus' army
'The method of battle in which the Germans had practised themselves was this. There were 6000 horse, and as many very active and courageous foot, one of whom each of the horse selected out of the whole army for his own protection. By these [foot] they were constantly accompanied in their engagements; to these the horse retired; these on any emergency rushed forward; if any one, upon receiving a very severe wound, had fallen from his horse, they stood around him: if it was necessary to advance farther: than usual, or to retreat more rapidly, so great, from practice, was their swiftness, that, supported by the manes of the horses, they could keep pace with their speed.'
'Much circumstantial evidence points to the participation of Germanic people from Polish lands in the events that took place in the first half of 1st century BC and found their culmination in Gaul in 58 BC, as related in Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico. At the time of the Suebi tribal confederation led by Ariovistus arrival in Gaul, a rapid decrease of settlement density can be observed in the areas of the upper and middle Oder River basin.'

ie. close to where Tacitus places the supposedly FU-speaking Fenni.