Re: [tied] Wodan

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 14296
Date: 2002-08-12

> From a purely linguistic point of view, to what extent would the development Varuna > Wodan be reasonable ? I am a complete amateur, but i have read somewhere the statement that d/t/r are often interchanged.
They are, but the preferred direction of change is d > r rather than r > d intervocalically. Then, relatively frequent as this kind of alternation may be cross-linguistically, it can't be proposed ad hoc without a good reason, since we are talking of concrete languages, not of the general statistics of sound-change. I don't know of a single case of Sanskrit -r- corresponding to Germanic *-d- ([ð]). Then, what about the vowels that do not match at all (/a/ vs. /o:/, and /u/ vs. /a/)? In <varun.a-> versus *wo:dana- the only potentially matching elements are the initial *w and the final *-n(o)- -- hardly impressive, since *-no- is an extremely common suffix in PIE. To sum up, from a purely linguistic point of view there is no ground whatsoever for proposing a connection between the two names.
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Subject: [tied] Wodan