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Re: Indian Salmon and Greek Ants (was Re: an axe to grind)

From:Alex Fink <a4pq1injbok_0@...>
Date:Sunday, February 12, 2006, 17:42
On Sun, 12 Feb 2006 16:07:36 +0000, R A Brown <ray@...> wrote:

>Roger Mills wrote: >> IIRC the usual reasoning for "salmon/10,00" has to do with quantities of >> salmon going upstream to spawn, or perhaps with vast quantities of salmon >> roe (but is that universally considered edible???). Personally I'm >> skeptical........... > >Yes, I agree - I am very skeptical. For one thing the supposed connexion >in meanings seems to me _very_ strained. Also it seems odd that this >claimed PIE root apparently survives only in these two very separated >areas. Why no other occurrences?
But there are other occurrences in the sense `salmon'. Starostin's database gives Slavic _lososI_, Baltic _lac^-i-s_, Tocharian B _laks_ (in ad hoc transcription). Alex