Re: [tied] Fjall, pilis, polis...

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 7571
Date: 2001-06-11

The EIEC reconstructs a PIE *pel(i)s 'stone' (there are also apparent Indo-Iranian cognates), but notes various morphological irregularities and concludes that the item looks like a non-IE substrate word.
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From: g-tegle@...
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2001 8:42 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Fjall, pilis, polis...

If one assumes that germanic cognates fjall, fels, are reflections of
a n. collective (< germanic *felzô) can one recognise these and greek
pélla < péls-(e)h2 as cognates of IE *pelos- (with different
formations pels-, zero-grade *pls)?

Interestingly ON and modern Icelandic (sometimes Swedish) has a
numeral distribution where singular fjall is used only for a specific
mountain. In other circumstances the plural fjoll is used.