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Re: Island

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Sunday, May 14, 2000, 10:08
> X-Accept-Language: en,pdf > Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 05:37:04 -0400 > From: Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
> Dan Sulani wrote: > > (BTW, what was the Proto-IE for "island"?)
> As far as I know, it's unknown. Each of the different branches has gone > a different direction.
The early Germanic word was *auia, however. Cf. the name Scandinavia (which was originally Scadinauia when it was first brought into Latin, from *skadin- and *auia --- "the island of Skåne". (Skåne is now the name of the southernmost province of Sweden --- it's not an island, but it may have seemed that way because of dense forests cutting it off from the lands to the north)). *auia regularly developed into ø in modern NE Germ. (/2:?/ in Danish), øy in NW Germanic (Norwegian), í in Old English. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)