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Re: [conculture] Names of countries and national languages

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Sunday, September 23, 2007, 10:10
>Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote:
>>Quoting Jeff Rollin <jeff.rollin@...>:
>>An old word for Lithuanian (or is it Latvian?) in English >>is "Lettish".
>Latvian. But I have always assumed "Latvian" and "Lettish" are from >the same root; anybody know? Of course, "Lithuania" is also >suspiciously similar ...
From Wikipedia: Modern scholars tend to connect this name with the Latin "litus" (see littoral), but no proof exists of any similar regional hydronym. "Litve", a Latin variant of the toponym, appears in a 1009 chronicle describing an archbishop "struck over the head by pagans in Lituae". A 16th-century scholar associated the word with the Latin word "litus" (tubes) — a possible reference to wooden trumpets played by Lithuanian tribesmen. The country name "Latvia" and its region "Latgalia" may share the etymology of "Lithuania". A popular belief is that the country's name in Lithuanian language (Lietuva) is derived from a word "lietus" (rain), and means "a rainy place". Charlie


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>