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Germanic lexicon

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Friday, May 7, 2004, 18:52
Dirk said:
>A commonly heard claim about Germanic is that a quarter to a third of >its vocabulary can't be traced back to Indo-European roots. I've been >looking on and off for a few months now, but I can't find any place >where it gives more than just a short list of these items. Does anyone >have such a more comprensive list tucked away somewhere? I'd be most >grateful to see it. You can reply to me privately if you wish.
I would check out the works of Edgar Polome, who worked for most of his career on possible substrate influences on the Germanic languages. He wrote a lot of articles for the Journal of Indo-European Studies, so that's a good place to start. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637