Re: [tied] PIE mustelids and seals

From: João Simões Lopes Filho
Message: 4463
Date: 2000-10-21

What are the words linked to *kek'- ?
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From: petegray <petegray@...>
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Sent: Friday, October 20, 2000 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] PIE mustelids and seals

> João asked:
> Is there PIE names for
> weasel (Mustela nivalis and alike) ?
> stoat (Mustela erminea) ?
> ...etc...
> Remember the lesson of the Salmon and the Birch. Although these words are
> widely shared among IE languages, it is not clear what precise fish or
> they referred to in PIE. Even if you find words likely to be a
> stoat-weasel type creature, we cannot project back into PIE the precise
> meanings they have in attested languages.
> Given that caveat, I can suggest *kek' for weasel.
> I would be surprised to find a word for "seal" (the animal) given that
> is no word for sea.
> Peter