Re: Lat. Rivus

From: George S t a n a
Message: 15181
Date: 2002-09-06

>In romanian it is said that the "v" betwen two vowels
>sincoped. Example lat. rivus>rom. râu

Note it was a /w/ that vanished there: rivus /riwus/. A
common/frequent medieval spelling in Latin texts was
"riuus". So...

>The second question is indeed nice. In romanian is a word for
>a small river , german "bach", english "brook" and this is
>called "pârâu". And the ethymology of this one is in romanian
>not latin but unknown :-)

It almost certainly has nothing to do with Lat. rivus. Hence,
it is assumed to be a substrate relic.