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Re: Neanderthal and PIE

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 15:07
Quoting "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>:

> "Neanderthal" is too well-ingrained for me to have a problem with it, > as I've known the word for over 30 years. I still automatically > pronounce it with a /T/ instead of a /t/, though..
Tangentially, the Swedish is _neandertalare_, with a suffix that, among other functions, forms gentilics, like _stockholmare_ "Stockholmer". As a kid, however, I misanalyzed it as a compound ending in _talare_ "speaker" (same ending, here agentive). I don't remember if I had any theory of what a _neander_ might be or how one goes about speaking it, but I certainly took for granted that neander-speakers must have had a language! -- Andreas Johansson


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>Neanderthal and PIE (Long!)