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Re: Maltese Phonology

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 25, 2003, 22:03
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From: "John Cowan" <jcowan@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2003 1:56 PM
Subject: Re: Maltese Phonology

> Andreas Johansson scripsit: > > > Reminds me. I saw "Ferengistan" as a name of France somewhere, in a
> > East context I believe. Looks vaguely Turkish to me. Does anybody
recognize it?
> > Sure. "fereng" ~ "farang" is from "Frank", although it has extended
> Crusader, European, trader, white person. The Arabs carried it to lots of > languages, including to places like Thailand where Islam didn't catch on. > Because "-istan" is such a common country ending, it would be hard to pin > down the exact source language. > >
I believe '-stan' is Farsi, by descent, however.