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From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Friday, September 22, 2006, 15:12
Dirk Elzinga wrote:
> On 9/21/06, Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote: > >> >> I know basically jack of Old English, but is it possible that >> 'werewolf' itself >> is originally a dvanda? > > > I'm not following this thread closely, but this question came up for > me as well. So I asked a colleague, who is an Old English expert, what > he thought. It was his opinion that it is in fact a dvandva compound. > Since he has published extensively on Old English compounding, I'm > inclined to take his word for it.
Very interesting. A week or so back I wrote a mail on the possible interpretations of the Greek _lykanthropos_ by comparing it with other noun+noun compounds. The more I think about the compound, the more convinced I am that _lykanthropos_ is also a dvandva compound. -- Ray ================================== ================================== Nid rhy hen neb i ddysgu. There's none too old to learn. [WELSH PROVERB}