Re: [tied] Seeking Information Please

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 14896
Date: 2002-09-01

*bHleg- ~ *bHlag- / *bHlog- 'burn', as in "flagrant", "phlegm", "flame" and "phlogiston". OE blac still meant 'shining' or 'pale' rather than 'black' (the original colour term was <sweart>). At the Indo-Aryan end we have <bHrgu->, a race of fire-beings. There are of course other similar roots that have to do with shining or burning, and perhaps they are all extension of *bHel- 'shine'. Still, *bHlag^H- remains difficult.
----- Original Message -----
From: Glen Gordon
Sent: Sunday, September 01, 2002 4:01 AM
Subject: Re: [tied] Seeking Information Please

>Last time I checked, the jury was still out on whether Old Indo-Aryan
><brahman-> and Latin <flamen> were related or just similar-looking. If
>cognate, they would have to be reconstructed as something like
>*bHlag^H-men- (thus in Pokorny's dictionary), the root *bHlag^H- being
>otherwise unknown
>and so conveniently obscure that you may attribute any meaning to it.

Wait, I forget... where does the word "black" come from?