Re: [tied] Green

From: Patrick C. Ryan
Message: 18167
Date: 2003-01-26

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From: "Piotr Gasiorowski" <piotr.gasiorowski@...>
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Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2003 11:58 AM
Subject: Re: [tied] Green

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> From: "alex_lycos" <altamix@...>
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> Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2003 6:39 PM
> Subject: Re: [tied] Re: Yellow as an PIE word


> The derivation of <verde> etc. from <viridis> is straightforward and unproblematic. Both words mean 'green'. The syncope of the unstressed medial /i/ in <virdis> is not only a natural process but it's also directly attested (see, e.g., _Appendix Probi_). Why complicate matters by introducing unattested and unlikely prototypes? Of course Latin couldn't have been the source of the Romance word, since in Latin *werdH- would have become *verb-. But do you know a reflex of *werdH- in _any_ language with the meaning 'green' or the like?
> Piotr


A prime example is Hieroglyphic Egyptian w3D, 'green'.

Egyptian [3] is known to originally have been a kind of /r/ contrasting with [r].


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