Re: [tied] Lat. Rivus

From: m_iacomi
Message: 15183
Date: 2002-09-06

Piotr Gasiorowski <piotr.gasiorowski@...> wrote:

> I'm aware of two competing etymologies. <pârâu> is usually
> connected with Albanian përrua (përroni) < pre-Albanian per-re:n-
> (Jokl's etymology. I don't know how he explains *re:n- -- a loan
> from Celtic?). It might also derive from per-ri:vus (Latin
> elements).

Never heard of that.

> The Albanian connection is rather attractive and -re:n- > -rîu
> (-râu) is a possible Romanian development.

Most Romanian scholars give this word as from substrate. In his
Ph.D. thesis, Gr. Brancus reconstructs an ancient Albanian form
*përren and a proto-Romanian (that means before dialectal split
of Aromanian) one p@...@u, or *p@...@nu [the word is attested even
nowdays with [@] ([ã]) instead of [â] in both positions]. Under
this form, the connection seems very plausible.

Marius Iacomi