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Re: Island

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Sunday, May 14, 2000, 23:21
> Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 16:57:51 -0400 > From: Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
> Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote: > > The early Germanic word was *auia, however. > > I've seen that translated, however, as simply "land associated with > water", and said to be distantly related to Latin _aqua_.
Well, then Scadinauia makes more sense. Danish ø unequivocally means island, however, so the meaning has changed. IIRC, the cognate to aqua in Danish is å (Norse á) meaning river. That doesn't mean that *auia can't be related to the same root, of course. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)