Re: [tied] Re: Kraków and other enigmas

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 9190
Date: 2001-09-07

In Polish <krakac'> is used of crows and ravens. That's a less romantic but possible explanation, assuming that a Slavic person called or nicknamed Krak (say, "harsh-voiced") was indeed the founder of Kraków. The only problem is that such a name is not much in evidence.
----- Original Message -----
From: Sergejus Tarasovas
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2001 10:03 PM
Subject: [tied] Re: Kraków and other enigmas

--- In cybalist@......, "Piotr Gasiorowski" <gpiotr@......> wrote:
Kraków (also older feminine Cracco(uu)a = "Krakowa") looks like a
possessive adjective, but the base *krak- is enigmatic.

I'm not sure if this can be of any relevance here, but *krak-/*kra:k-
is usually reconstructed as an onomatopoeia denoting some birds (like
woodpecker, for instance) or the sounds they produce in Baltic and


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