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).