Re: [tied] Re: Pliny's "Guthalus- "Richard Wordingham"

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 16107
Date: 2002-10-09

Yes, it's another famous false cognate. The language is Mbabaram (now extinct; the last living informant was discovered by Bob Dixon some time ago), and the word in question is <dOg> (with an open [O] to make it even more English-sounding). It derives from *gudaga, a well-attested word with numerous cognates (Mbabaram was one of the so-called initial-dropping Australian languages).
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From: danjmi
Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2002 4:48 PM
Subject: [tied] Re: Pliny's "Guthalus- "Richard Wordingham"

      Relevant to the other ongoing thread, I'm almost sure I have a
book that, as a warning against false cognates, states that the
word for "dog" in some Australian  language is "dog" and then
proceeds to show this is a regular reflex of  something that looks
entirely different in *Proto-something.  I know I've read it; I've
been looking but can't find it. Frustrating!