From: Ben McGarr
Message: 17774
Date: 2003-01-19

"Glen Gordon" <glengordon01@...> wrote:
> The word *swesor does appear to be composed of *swe "self" or "of
> one's own (family)" and *-sor, a feminine ending.

These attempts to get at some sort of PIE phratries or marriage
pattern system are very interesting [or was it just Torsten who was
getting at that with his 'over the water' thing? And maybe this
water is what Glen's *aXwe or whatever has to be 'carried over'?].

But the Sister term made me think of the Irish and Scots
Gaelic 'deirfiur' [accent over the u] and 'piuthar'. What's going on
here? Are these really so unusual from the usual
sestra/soeur/Schwester theme, or is the difference just superficial
to those who know the etymology?

All the Best,