Re: [tied] Russian for Homerus; G/H in Eastern Europe

From: João Simões Lopes Filho
Message: 17438
Date: 2003-01-06

In Ukrainian, Belarusian, Slovakian and Czech this trait g>G>h is common. May it reflect some Eastern European substratum?
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From: Sergejus Tarasovas
Sent: Sunday, January 05, 2003 7:22 AM
Subject: RE: [tied] Russian for Homerus

These are <Gomér> and <Gonórij>. An initial <g-> is traditional (one would expect <x-> in a present-day borrowing): a bulk of foreign names containing [h] were adopted in the 18th c., when Russian intellectuals used to talk a local variant of Church Slavonic to each other (except they were drunk, quarreling or discussing everyday life), and Russian Church Slavonic orthoepy ascribes a phonetic value of [G] ([fricative g]) or even [h] to what is spelled <g>,(...)
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