Re: [tied] Re: Sobaka and Iranian

From: george knysh
Message: 16068
Date: 2002-10-08

--- Miguel Carrasquer <mcv@...> wrote:
> Yes, something like that may work. The only thing I
> can check is Arabic, and
> there's no *saba:ka "dog" in Wehr's dictionary.
> Possibly of interest is the
> root *sbq "to precede, to surpass, to win (in a
> race)", with inter alia a
> nominal/adjectival derivation sabba:q "precursor,
> winner, race-car driver", and
> other terms (siba:q, musa:baqa) that are related to
> horse racing [so why not dog
> racing?]. An Afghan/Iranian windhound (actually,
> windbitch, *spaka), attracted
> to this Semitic root as sab(b)a:qa?

*****GK: A gender check might also be useful. In Ukr.
(prob. elsewhere too, everywhere?)"sobaka" is almost
always fem. (the old "windbitch"?) and "pes"
> =======================
> Miguel Carrasquer Vidal
> mcv@...

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