Re: Newest natlang?
|Date:||Thursday, October 2, 2008, 13:21|
> On Wed, 1 Oct 2008 18:03:18 -0000, caeruleancentaur
> <caeruleancentaur@...> wrote:
> >The PIE root *reg- (move-, direct-, -in a straight line) gives
> >English (through *rog- in Germanic) the word "rake,"
> >(German "rechen") the garden implement not because of the lines it
> >makes in the soil, but because it consists of straight pieces of
> >wood. So I don't see "raak" and "rake" as being related.
> Alex Fink <000024@...> wrote:
> How do we know which of those two motivated the semantic
> extension? Is there a cognate in some other lang applied to a
> different straight-handled tool? Were rakes once characterised by
> being uniquely or specially straight, more so than a hoe or a broom
> or whatever else? I can't bring myself to read the AHD's statement
> as strong enough to exclude other semantic developments, but only
> as one possible explanation of the fact that a noun derived
> from 'straight' might mean 'rake'.
The reference to "straight pieces" (note the plural) is not to the
long handle, but to short pegs of wood inserted into a board which is
then attached to the long handle. I've seen antique rakes
constructed like this. Those pegs would certainly be seen as quite
different from broom, hoe, shovel, etc.