Re: question - Turco-Japanese (a thought experiment for the group here)
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, November 27, 2004, 5:49|
> > (Armenian has long been associated with Caucasian languages,
> I think there can be no real doubt that Armenian is of IE origin - but it
> has clearly been influenced and indeed appears to have been subject to
> Iranian influence in early times.
I realized after I wrote that that it could be misleading, and it
appears I have mislead. What I meant was that Armenian has been
in the Caucasus for such a long time that it has acquired a number
of features from its neighbors, particularly lexical items. I did
not mean to suggest that Armenian was not an IE language! ;( -sigh-
> The language is thought to be connected with the Thraco-Phrygian IE
> languages. The Georgian name for the Armenians is 'Samekhi' where _Sa-_ is
> a prefix;
It's actually <Somekhi>. Sa- is indeed affixual (as in _Sa-kartvel-o_
'Georgia'), but I rather doubt that So- here is felt to be separate.
(Wish I were in Chicago with my Georgian grammars; then I could check it
now.) One piece of evidence to that end is that <Somekhi> is one
of those words that ablauts with suffixation: <Som(e)kh- 'Armenian'
+ -eti 'country of' = _Somkheti_ 'Armenia'.
> it is thought by some that -mekhi is derived from the name which
> appears in cuneiform records as 'Muski' - a people who reached the upper
> Euphrates at the beginning of 12th cent BCE.
Do you have a citation on that? This vaguely sounds like one of the
crazy things that Diakonoff was wont to say occasionally.
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