Re: [tied] The Word for Color/Yellow in Sanskrit?

From: S.Kalyanaraman
Message: 18176
Date: 2003-01-27

--- In, x99lynx@... wrote:>... The more
difficult connection would that of <varn.a> to sounds and music,
> where even "color" (hue) would seem to be strictly metaphorical.
Perhaps, > this might be an indication that references to <varn.a>
with regard to sounds > were actually refering to written notations?
> And then there's 'varnish' -- of somewhat uncertain origin, but
with no > apparent relatedness to <varn.a> --- but which might match
many of its senses > quite well, including that of a "yellowish"
skin or covering.

Fascinating, Steve.

At what point in semantic evolution would the word have meant a
system of 'classification' (e.g. ca_tur varn.a, four-fold
classification of people by their professions) -- or, say, of
consonants or of shades of hue?