|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Friday, May 7, 2004, 18:52|
>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