Re: "Ancestor" in IE langs
|From:||JS Bangs <jaspax@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 7, 2003, 20:25|
Paul Bennett sikyal:
> Having dug through AHD and Barnhart -- and having lost my copy of
> Darling-Buck :-( -- I feel no wiser than I did when I started
> What are some common etymologies of words meaning "ancestor" in
> various IE langs? I can get the literal derivation of "ancestor"
> itself, as a compound of H2ent- and ked-, but I know there are other
> words, derived from pH2te:r- and probably g'enH1-. I'm trying to
> produce a word that is not merely a restatement of English, but is
> rather a genuine historically plausible word.
> Currently, the word "ancestor" in Thagojian is shaping up to be
> qantk�d�t, and that's quite a mouthful, and qantpaqtr�t is hardly
Well, here's a link to search results through the LSJ (that's the "Big
Liddell", the mother of all Greek lexica) for the term "ancestor". It has
the usual suspects:
The shorter ones are genet�s, gone�s, and patra, from the roots you
Jesse S. Bangs firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesus asked them, "Who do you say that I am?"
And they answered, "You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground
of our being, the kerygma in which we find the ultimate meaning of our
And Jesus said, "What?"