Re: Scandinavia and the Germanic tribes such as Goths, Vandals, Angl

From: Arnaud Fournet
Message: 61251
Date: 2008-11-02

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From: "Piotr Gasiorowski" <gpiotr@...>

> Again, you're in the realm of fantasy. Why should we assume that the
> Goths or the Jutes acquired their historically known ethnic names before
> Germanic "was imposed on them"? The name *Gauta- _can_ be Germanic. The
> verb stem *Giut-i-/*Geut-a- < *g^Heud- 'pour' is well-attested in
> Germanic languages; OE even has <le:ad-gota> 'lead-founder'. Whether the
> Goths were known as metallurgists, drinkers or "pourers of semen" we may
> never learn, but we have an embaras de richesse rather than a shortage
> of possibilities.
> Piotr

an embarras would be even more embarrassant !