Re: [tied] Slavic name for Ruegen

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 16514
Date: 2002-10-24

The name of the island is attested as Rugia or Ruia, and the Slavic inhabitants were known as the Rugiani, Ruani, Ruiani, Runi or Rani. I can only speculate that the basic form was either *ruja or perhaps *rUja > *ryja (hence *rujane or *ryjane), and that the shorter forms are corrupt or contracted.


----- Original Message -----
From: Sergejus Tarasovas
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 5:51 PM
Subject: [tied] Slavic name for Ruegen

Epistola Wibaldi ad Bernardum Hildesheimensem episcopum (mid-12th c.)
_a Teutonicis Rugiana a Sclavis autem Rana dicitur_.
While it's not quite clear for me what is meant by "Teutonicus"
_Rugiana_ phonetically ([rujan-]?), I can't think of a Germanic
prototype to account both for _Rugiana_ and _Rana_ (and the etymology
of the toponym itself, < *Rug- 'Rug(i)'). [ruja:n-] > [rUjan-] > [Ran-
] ~ [r'an-] ([R] - r-affricate or something of the kind)?


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