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Re: Forts and other fun

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 22:37
Quoting Michael Adams <abrigon@...>:

> Burg/Berg/Burh or like. either means fort or mountain.
While from the same IE root *bhergh- "high", -berg "mountain" and -burg/-burgh/-boro(ugh) "fort, fortified place" are separate words. The AHD gives the Common Germanic forms as *bergaz "hill, mountain" and *burgs "hill-fort". "Barrow" (OE _beorg_) seems to be the English cognate of Ge. and Sw. _berg_ "mountain". Andreas