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Re: CHAT: Lost (was: Azurian.)

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, August 10, 2007, 11:01

Eugene Oh writes:
> 2007/8/10, Alex Fink <a4pq1injbok_0@...>: > > Sounds like _foremost_. says > > | O.E. fyrmest "earliest, first, most prominent," from P.Gmc. *formo- > > | (related to O.E. fruma "beginning"), superl. of the root of Eng. fore + > > | additional superl. suffix -est. Cf. O.Fris. formest, Goth. frumists. > > | Altered on the assumption that it is a compound of fore and most. > > > > Alex > > > > Wait a minute, I thought P.Gmc wasn't supposed to have /o/, or was I > mistaken?
There the the IE>PG shift of /a:/ > /o:/, so long /o:/ is certainly there. However, due to IE /o/ > PG /a/, the short /o/ is at least seldom. Still, Köbler's PG dict lists a few words containing /o/, e.g. a stem _for_, but along with an alternative _fur_, for _before_. It also lists _fruma(z)_ 'first, formost, ...' There is a verb _frumjan_ 'to convey, to deliver (German: _fördern_). **Henrik