Re: Maltese Phonology
|Date:||Tuesday, March 25, 2003, 22:03|
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From: "John Cowan" <jcowan@...>
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 aMiddle
> > East context I believe. Looks vaguely Turkish to me. Does anybodyrecognize it?
> Sure. "fereng" ~ "farang" is from "Frank", although it has extendedmeanings:
> 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.