[tied] lat. barbatus

From: Philobiblos 315
Message: 14592
Date: 2002-08-27

Frisk, (Griechisches Etymologisches Woerterbuch, Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 1973) relates all of the info below, and also relates Sumerian "barbar" =foreigner and Semitic-Babylonian "barbaru" =the stranger.

A, Caratzas

Piotr Gasiorowski wrote:

 > 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. Piotr

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