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Title: Latin Etymology
Submitter: Richard Durkan
Description: I have been using T G Tucker's Etymological Dictionary of Latin and am
struck how amongst the cognates he cites the same few languages recur at
the expense of other Indo-European languages. Sanskrit and Lithuanian I can
understand but I am puzzled by the frequency of Old Bulgarian, Old
Prussian, Old High German Gothic and Old Norwegian . Of course it is
possible these are just the languages he was most familiar with but I
wonder if there are any more objective reasons. I would be interested in
any observations.
Date Posted: 14-Jun-2010
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
LL Issue: 21.2584
Posted: 14-Jun-2010

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