Re: Weekly Vocab 19
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Monday, September 29, 2003, 15:21|
Adam Walker wrote:
> --- Roger Mills <romilly@...> wrote:
> > It looks a lot like Malay _mungkin_ 'possible,
> > ---ly', also used for
> > 'maybe, perhaps'. AFAIK it's not Arabic but I could
> > be wrong.
> Well, actually it is arabic. I can't currently
> remember which dialect I borrowed it from. In
> Egyptian it's yimkin. I'm thinking I used a Dardja
> pronunciation, but it could have been Morrocan. I've
> had great trouble choosing a dialect for my Arabic
>Well, something new every lesson. You are correct.
_Mungkin_ is the only form listed in my modern Bah.Indo. dictionary, which
doesn't give origins; while the big Wilkinson 1903 Malay gives only
_mumkin_, < Arab. Makes me wonder if it's a fairly recent loan. I also find
"mongken < Arab." in the 1934 Atjehnese dict. which I've never gone thru
word by word.