Re: [tied] Re: lat. barbatus

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 14590
Date: 2002-08-27

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From: alexmoeller@...
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 12:22 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Re: lat. barbatus

> Is there a PIE root for greek "barbar"? ( i cut the suffix here)
The word is obviously onomatopoeic (like blah-blah), so while it might be related to Skt. <barbara-> 'stammerer, fool, pl. barbarians, foreigners', the latter might just as easily be an independently coined expressive word, *bar-bar- or *bal-bal- (cf. Lat. balbus 'stammerer'). I listed more examples of such "bar-bar" and "gol-gol" words in various languages in an earlier posting.