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Re: Island

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, May 14, 2000, 9:37
Dan Sulani wrote:
> or did "i" derive from some other source, and if so, > what?
_i_ was native, from Old English íeg, not at all related to Latin _insula_. A remarkable coincidence, tho, the kind that keeps historical linguistics interesting. :-)
> (Modern German has "Insel" for island --- from the same > Old French source?)
I don't know, but it looks like it *could* be from Latin _insula_, in which case it would be related to _isle_, but not _island_.
> That English also had "i" for island is probably a > coincidence
Yep. Single-letter words are never good evidence of relation. :-)
> (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. -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson "Glassín wafilái pigasyúv táv pifyániivav nadusakyáavav sussyáiyatantu wawailáv ku suslawayástantu ku usfunufilpyasváditanva wafpatilikániv wafluwáiv suttakíi wakinakatáli tiDikáufli!" - nLáf mÁldu nÍmasun ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor