From: Piotr Gasiorowski
----- Original Message -----From: mbikqyresSent: Saturday, September 07, 2002 11:07 PMSubject: Re: [tied] Piotr and the Dacians:-)--- In cybalist@......, Piotr Gasiorowski <piotr.gasiorowski@......>
> > [Alvin] Pokorny relates Illyrian Buni to modern Albanian terms
for dwelling like bunë or even buj or banoj. The river Buna/Bunë goes
from the lake of Shkodër to Adriatic sea.
> The river name is irrelevant. What connection has it got with
dwellings? as for the rest, if Illyrian Buni is a derivative of PIE
*bHuh2-, the root occurs almost everywhere in IE. You might just as
well compare Alb. burrë 'man' with the Germanic tribal name Buri.
The Illyrian words that we know are mostly those of toponyms and
those personal names of distinguish people.
I assumed that Pokorny while explaining the words derivating from the
PIE root bheu- (to be; to grow) was refering to the name of the river
Bunë (as in case of TOmaroj > Tomorr), when comparing Illyrian words
Buni and Boànnoj to Albanian bunë. (Messap. bÚrion)
The following paragraph is this:
"alb. buj, bu^j (*bunj¡) `wohne, übernachte', burr, burrë (*buro-)
`Mann, Ehemann', banë `Wohnung, Aufenthalt, halb verfallenes Haus'
(*bhou¸onƒ: ai. bhavanam), banoj `wohne'; bun(ë) `Sennhütte'
(*bhunƒ); vielleicht auch botë `Erde, Boden, Welt, Leute' (*bhu¸ƒ-tƒ
As a linguist, you should know better then me how a word which once
meant "to grow" could develope into words which have to do with
building and dwelling.
I also find a logical relation to Albanian word (me) buru/buroj/buron
`derive, spring, start, proceed, stem´. It would fit very well as a
name of a river which springs from a lake.