Category Archives: Linguistics

Word Family Friday: Cat

For my wife’s brithday Late Egyptian <čaute>?: “cat”; in competition with <𓏇𓇋𓅱𓃠> (mjw) ?> Classical Syriac <ܩܛܘ> (qaṭṭu): “cat” ?-> Arabic <قِطّ> (qiṭṭ): “cat” ?-> Hebrew <חָתוּל> (khatúl): “cat” ?-> Old Armenian <կատու> (katu): “cat” —> Armenian <կատու> (katu): “cat” … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Henchman&Palfrey

Wrapping up March Of Horses with two last, smaller families. Proto-Indo-European <*kankest->: “horse” -> Germanic <*hangistaz>: “horse, stallion” –> Old Saxon <*hengist> —> Old English <Hengist>: Personal Name* —> Old English <hengest>: “horse, gelding, stallion” —-> Old English <*hengstmann>: “groom” (“horse-man”)** —–> … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Cavalry

?? ?> Turkic –> Turkish <kaval>: adjunct of <at>, “horse” ?> Saka (Khotanese) <kabä>: horse? -?> Slavic <*kobyla>: “mare (female horse)” —> Russian <кобы́ла> (kobýla): “mare” —> Polish <kobyła>: “mare” ?> Ancient Greek <καβάλλης> (kabállēs): “nag, pony” ?> Celtic <*capallos> … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Mare

On St. Patrick’s Day, I reveal the secret reason I did horses in March. Also, this one is really cool and just might go back all the way to the original domestication of horses in Central Asia. Maybe—just maybe—the Thai … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Course

Proto-Indo-European <*k̑ers->: “to run” -> Latin <currō>: “to run” –> French <corir>: “to run” —> English <courier> —> French <courant>: “running, current of water or electricity” —-> English <current> –> Latin <cursus>: “race, path, serires of events” —> French <cours>: … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Ekwos

Word Family Fridays this month will be all about horses. Turns out the PIEs really liked horses. Proto-Indo-European <h₁éḱwos>: “horse” -> Latin <equus>: “horse”, replaced by <caballus> in Late Latin and most descendants –> Latin <equester>: “pertaining to riding horses, … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Smile

Proto-Indo-European <*smey->: “to laugh, to be glad” -> Balto-Slavic –> Slavic <*smьjàti>: “to laugh” —> Polish <śmiaćsię>: “to laugh” —> Russian <смеяться> (smejátʹsja): “to laugh, to mock” -> Germanic <*smīlijaną>: “to smile” –> English, Danish, Norwegian <smile>, Swedish <smil>, etc.: … Continue reading

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The Annotated Capernaum

Capernaum is a poem by Lewis Spence, which was set to music by Ed Miller and appears on his album, Border Background (1989). Miller’s arrangement is also the title song on the Tannahill Weaver’s album, Capernaum (1994). I own both … Continue reading

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Yoshimi Battles the Rock and Roll Vowel Laxing

We got Rock Band 3 a little while ago, and it comes with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, which OStone really likes, so I’ve listened to that a few times. The first two lines caught my attention as a phonologist: … Continue reading

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