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LINGUIST List 19.2633

Thu Aug 28 2008

Sum: Lithuanian knóju

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        1.    Leo Connolly, Lithuanian knóju

Message 1: Lithuanian knóju
Date: 27-Aug-2008
From: Leo Connolly <connollymemphis.edu>
Subject: Lithuanian knóju
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Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 19.2620
It turns out that the meaning 'abschälen' i.e. 'peel off' given in the
Lexikon der indogermanischen Verben for Lith. knóju (inf. knóti) is
correct. I had questioned the meaning because several on-line sources gave
the meaning of knóti as 'bark' without further explanation. It turns out
that knóju is a fairly rare word which specifically refers to removing the
bark from a felled tree. And yes, lumbermen do ''bark'' a tree after they
cut it. Aren’t dictionaries wonderful?

Thanks to Sturla Berg-Olsen, Klaus Geyer, Peter Arkadiev, Cori
Anderson, Mark Mandel for responding, and especially to Martin Kümmel, who
actually wrote the entry in the LIV. It’s always good to hear from an expert.

Leo Connolly
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

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