[tied] Re: *gwistis

From: Sergejus Tarasovas
Message: 15617
Date: 2002-09-19

--- In cybalist@..., Piotr Gasiorowski <piotr.gasiorowski@...>

> I don't think *gvozdU and *gvozdI derive from the same root. They
can't be, at any rate, if the latter is related to Goth. gazds 'goad,
prickle' and Eng. yard < PGmc. *gazd-j-o:n 'stick, rod'. Pace
Pokorny, his 'nail, penis' root (#736) would then have be
reconstructed as *gH(w)osdH-, not *gwosd(H)-.

At least Vasmer is not on your side. Indeed, aren't parentheses in *gH
(w)osdH- just a way to get rid of an actual problem? What's the
reason to postulate a deletion of *w in Germanic here?