Re: CONLANG Digest - 21 Feb 2004 to 22 Feb 2004 (#2004-52)
|From:||michael poxon <m.poxon@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, February 26, 2004, 13:00|
Anchoa looks (on the surface at least) very Basque = antxoa. The romance
langs however have no nasal and a labial instead of a dental. No great probs
there of course, and while it's true that the present-day Basque country is
not "Mediterranean" its extent could well have been much larger in the past;
and in any case the Basques have always been hot on the deep-sea fishing /
whaling. It's quite likely that there would have been contact with other
fishing cultures in the past.
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> Silhouette ? My etymological dictionnary mentions:
> "silhouette, 1759, du nom du controleur general E. de
> Silhouette". As to anchovies, "1546, de l'espagnol
> anchoa, emprunte au grec aphue, par l'intermediaire du
> bas latin *apiuva; mot mediterraneen". I like this
> idea, "Mediterranean word". Anyway, Basques don't live
> on Mediterranean borders...
> --- jcowan@REUTERSHEALTH.COM wrote:
> > michael poxon scripsit:
> > > The basques think that "la difference" is
> > sufficiently important
> > > to have two separate words just like most
> > languages: Gizon (is this, by the
> > > way, a source of the English word "geezer"?) /
> > Andere.
> > No, it isn't. Geezer < Scots guiser < disguiser.
> > Words that are actually of Basque origin (mediated
> > by Spanish or French)
> > are: bizarre, chaparral, jai alai, silhouette, and
> > possibly anchovy.
> > --
> > John Cowan email@example.com
> Philippe Caquant
> "Le langage est source de malentendus."
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