Re: Newest natlang?
|From:||Michael Poxon <mike@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 14:34|
As an antecedent of "raak" how about 'rake' in English? In the sense of both
the garden implement (which essentially 'rakes' straight lines in the soil)
and the expression 'to rake' one's fingernails across a hard surface (a
blackboard is the classic example, when you get that awful scraping noise!!)
All these have in common the production of a very thin, hard line.
> And Dutch is great for Germanic stuff, especially in math and
> linguistics. E.g. _raaklijn_ 'tangent'. Ok, 'lijn' isn't originally
> Germanic, and I do not know the cognate of 'raken' in English (for 'to
> touch'). Maybe 'to reach' (but the sound shifts are not obvious to
> me)? Then _reachstroke_ could be a tangent. Or _bijvoegelijk
> naamword_ 'adjective'. And _stelsel_ 'system', one of my favourites.