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Re: Georgian [was Re: cyrillic?]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 19, 2003, 2:29
Quoting Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>:

> On Sun, 17 Aug 2003 08:25:54 -0500 "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...> > writes: > > (1) Probably, if one were transliterating a western name "Thomas" > > into Georgian, one would use the Georgian equivalent thereof: > > _Tamaz_ -- which incidentally is not from Greek, but from the > > Semitic name of the Mesopotamian deity. cf. Tamaz Gamq'relije > > > Thomas Gamqrelidze > > "Thomas" comes from Tammuz/Dumuzi?
The *Greek* name does not, to my knowledge. (It means "twin man".) The Georgian name does, and after the Christianization of Georgia, this name was used as the equivalent of the Apostle's name in much the same way as the originally pagan Anglo-Saxon name 'Bill' came to be paired with Norman 'William'. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637