Re: [tied] Re: cognates for lituanian "ravas"?

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 16617
Date: 2002-11-07

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From: Sergejus Tarasovas
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 11:15 PM
Subject: [tied] Re: cognates for lituanian "ravas"?

> Lith. <ra~vas> 'ditch' is usually explained as a borrowing from Polish.

I've always wondered why. Is it just because, semantically, it seems to match Slavic *ryti rather than Lith. ra'uti? But they reflect the same root, and the deverbal noun formation represented by *rovU and <ra~vas> is productive everywhere in Balto-Slavic. Can't they simply continue PBSl. *rawas whose meaning in Baltic has failed to shift in accord with that of the corresponding verb?