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Re: Slovanik, Enamyn, and Slavic slaves

From:Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 7, 2002, 19:08
On Wednesday 07 August 2002 12:00, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
> Quoting Christopher Wright <faceloran@...>: > > Jan van Steenbergen sekalge: > > >--- Peter Clark wrote: > > > > Although a case could also be made for "slava," fame, glory. > > > > That's one theory, too. But somehow, I can't tell why, I don't > > > > believe it. > > > > What nation would call itself Glorious, you mean? By their history, do > > they seem like a tribe of megalomaniacs? > > If every nation or ethnic group that deemed "glory" as an inherent > quality of itself were condemned as megalomaniacs, there wouldn't > be enough insane-asylums for them all. (Of course, you might have > a point if you consider nonstandard insane asylyms like, say, the > planet Earth.)
Just to stoke the fires a little :), consider how many groups of people refer to themselves as "the people" or "human beings" with the implicit understanding that outsiders are inferior. Quoting Payne (in D.M.): 'For example, the word e'ñapa in Panare (a Cerib language in Venezuela) means "person" when used in opposition to the term ne'na "wild animal" or "evil spirit." The same term means "indigenous person" when used in opposition to the term tato "outsider"/"white person." Finally, the term can also refer stictly to Panares, when used in opposition to terms referring to neighboring indigenous groups. Only the context can disambiguate.' Of course, world history is full of tribes and nations that thought itself better, more human, (dare I say?) more glorious than others, and acted accordingly. Mind you, I don't really have much of an opinion as to the origin of the word "Slav." Etymologies which derive it from "word" or "glory" are both plausible and have precedent. I haven't studied Proto-Slavic, but I would not be surprised if both are derived from the same root. What are the reconstructions for both in PIE? :Peter