Re: May you all...
|From:||Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, February 9, 2002, 13:13|
Historically (PIE) the roots of blanc and black converge (to a presumed
root-meaning of something like 'not brightly coloured') - not only with each
other, but with i.e., gelb- whence yellow. One might write the *form as VvL
(voiced stop+vowel+liquid) which is where my bel- comes in linguistically.
In Omeina, however, this root produces terms for (originally) milk-white,
then white: milk : woman's breast : swollen (i.e., 'bole' of a tree) and so
on. So the symbolism of this word represents to me at least "polyaesthesia",
denoting not simply 'off-whiteness' but also 'round, swollen'. Compare Welsh
moel (woman's breast, round hill).
----- Original Message -----
From: "Elliott Lash" <AL260@...>
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 8:02 PM
Subject: Re: May you all...
> Jonathan Knibb <jonathan_knibb@...> writes:
> > And Czech bílý / Polish bialy / Russian bjelij even better! Without
> > wishing to spark off another guest-host-type discussion, do our resident
> > PIE experts have anything to say on the Romance-Slavic connection here?
> Well, actually French "blanc" and all of the other words similar to it inSpanish "blanco", and Italian "bianco" come from Germanic, so if anything
there would be a Germanic-Slavic connection..but i doubt that this is a case
> Elliott Lash