[b-greek] Re: Locative -DE in NT Greek

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Thu Oct 05 2000 - 11:08:39 EDT

At 8:01 AM -0700 10/5/00, Dennis Hukel wrote:
>Dear B-Greekers,
>Julius Pokorny lists the locative-DE as a separate root in his
>Indogermanische Etymologische Worterbuch (the standard
>vocabulary reference for Indo-European). The latest books on the subject
>suggest the Indo-Europeans lived in the area
>of present-day Armenia until they broke up some time after 3000 BC.
>So, the Greek locative-DE could have the same origin as the Hebrew HE,
>either from cross-cultural influence or from an
>even earlier ancestral language.

I'd be the last to assert that's impossible, but it just seems to me so
very speculative that it's hard to take that seriously, insofar as there
isn't even any phonetic comparability of -DE and -AH and we're only talking
about usage of a locative suffix. It makes more sense to talk about
cultural borrowing when we see words like hROD- and WOIN- that seem common
to the Mediterranean area.


Carl W. Conrad
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