Re: [tied] Gmc. *bru:diz

From: Jens Elmegaard Rasmussen
Message: 16390
Date: 2002-10-18

On Fri, 18 Oct 2002, Miguel Carrasquer wrote:

[For IE *mr- > Germanic br-]
> Perhaps OE, OS bregdan "to plait", Du. breien "to knit" ~ Grk. brokhós
> "Strick,
> Schlinge, Masche", MIR. braige, braga "captive", OCS mre^z^a "Netz,
> Schlinge"
> (*mregh-) ?

It *is* beginning to look good. I have also wondered, in the light of the
new idea on *bru:diz, if the connection made by P.Kiparsky between Eng.
brain and Greek brekhm¢s 'front part of the head' (reported by Mayrhofer,
Idg.Gr., Lautlehre p. 114) should be taken to represent IE *mr-, not
*bhr-. That would sidestep the Grassmann problem addressed by Kiparsky and

I think we must congratulate João Simões Lopes Filho (whose name won't
come out right on my new computer) on a very felicitous idea. Sometimes
this list does produce real progress. Let's have some more, Joao!