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Re: Icelandic 'sem'/Swedish 'som' etymology?

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Monday, June 26, 2006, 16:10

Benct Philip Jonsson writes:
> Henrik Theiling skrev: >... > > I did not find the relative pronoun cognates in this query. Why is it > > this root the relative pronoun derives from? I probably missed > > something. > > True, but there is the pronominal adjective _samr_ which > de Vries says is cognate. Hellquist's "Svensk etymologisk > ordbok" says that _som/sum_ is from _sem_ in unstressed > syllable (he probably means that the vowel first became > @-ish and then became labialized by the following /m/). > Hellquist too says that it derives from IE *sem, and > relates it to Skt. _sam-_, OSax., OHG _sama/samo_ etc.
Ah, I see. In the meantime, I was finally clever enough to look it up in Koebler's Altnordisches Etymologisches Lexikon, which is also available via the interface you posted and which I actually also have in a PDF version that I consult very frequently. Obviously I was too braindead to check this dictionary for 'sem'. It is listed there and points to that very IE. root sem(2). **Henrik