CHAT: Essentialist Explanation
|From:||Howlsedhes Services <kam@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, July 4, 2002, 20:55|
Wouldn't <bhth> come out as [f] ??
Incidentally, as another Keith I've often puzzeled over the origin of
that name. It's supposed
to be quite recent as a personal name, from the Scots place name
(perhaps via a surname, the
Scots seem quite willing to use surnames as first names). The Keith in
place names (Keith,
Dalkeith etc) is supposed to mean "wood" so it looks like a Gaelic
equivalent of W. coed
B. koad < keitos. This would give in Gaelic spelling *ceith or *ciath
(or possibly *cao(i)th
< *kaitos). However I've never found anything like this in the standard
Scots and Irish
dictionaries. Could be Pictish of course which would mean that P.
lenited /t/ > /T/ like
Gaelic not /t/ > /d/ like British. So if you take proto-Welsh and apply
Irish lenition ...
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