Re: [tied] Re: PIE for "eel"
From: Piotr Gasiorowski
The trick won't work. The sequence *-ngWH-
can only give -ng(w)- across the board in Germanic. Vernerian alternations are
only possible in words containing an original medial voiceless stop, e.g.
-onk^- > PGmc. -anx-/-ang- (depending on the location of stress) >
-a~x/-ang- (the deletion of the nasal is conditioned by the following velar
fricative), etc. Not that I support the "water-worm" analysis. All we have is
PGmc. *e:l-a-z, external cognates unknown.
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Sent: Friday, July 13, 2001 10:48 AM
Subject: [tied] Re: PIE for "eel"
My NuDansk Ordbog says of ål, Aal, eel etc "of unknown
all we need is -ng- to relate it to the anguilla. So how about
the old Germ. "Hengst" vs N.Gmc "hest" trick again (ng > ng, nX