Re: [tied] Terra

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 14986
Date: 2002-09-03

What a shame the "king" word is <crai> from South Slavic <kralj> :)
More seriously, Slavic car' (<c> = [ts]) is from Germanic kaisa:r-, which reflects Caesar's name with the original Classical pronunciation. The initial was palataliser after the change of *ai to *e^ (a front vowel), so the common Slavic form was <ce^sarI>. Similar forms still exist (usually mening 'emperor' generally), but as the title of Russian, Serbian or Bulgarian rulers the word underwent phonetic erosion (like innumerable other words of polite address, cf. English Mr./Mrs. or king < kyning): ce^sarI > cIsarI > csar' > car'.
----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Alesu
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 2:51 AM
Subject: [tied] Terra

If in a romance language

country is tzarã,
dirt is tzãrânã,
sea shore is tzãrm,
piece of land is tzarinã,
farmer is tzãran,

wouldn't be normal the king to be tzar?

Any ideas why not?

Best regards,

Paul Alesu

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