Re: [tied] Renfrew's theory renamed as Vasco-Caucasian

From: stlatos
Message: 49953
Date: 2007-09-17

--- In, Piotr Gasiorowski <gpiotr@...> wrote:
> On 2007-09-17 23:38, stlatos wrote:

> > This only works with kYw not kw; *LakYu+s has e>a by L.
> >
> > *LakYko+s 'little pond dweller, fish'
> >
> > *LakYkos
> > *LakYxos
> > *LakYs.os

> But Gmc. laxsa-, Lith. la~s^is, Slavic *lososI all mean 'salmon', and
> Ossetic läsäg and Arm. losdi, 'salmon trout'. TB läks 'fish' is a loan
> borrowed from a language which had something like *loksos at a time
> PToch. had no *o (so the word was adopted as *luksu- > *l&ks&). Salmon
> and trout are hardly describable as little pond-dwellers.

The meaning could have shifted. Even if no shift, it depends on the
location and habits of the speakers at the time of the word's
creation. I don't know exactly, but maybe they were only seen during
the breeding season at the source of a river.

> Then, what
> about Slavic *loky/*lokUv- 'pond, pool'?

-kYwo- > -kwo- (also in *pekYu+s *pekYw+os, etc., with analogy and
mixing in paradigms obscuring the cases).