Samuel Ekeme N'Diba (ekeme_ndiba) wrote in linguaphiles,
Samuel Ekeme N'Diba

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Some Greek etymology

Is Greek tyri ('cheese') somehow related to the set of cognates which includes Lithuanian sūris ('cheese'), Russian syr- ('raw', 'moist', also 'cheese'), English sour, German sauer, etc.? If so, how comes there is leading 't' instead of *yri<*hyri? Well, PIE *t is a source of secondary s in Greek (e.g. esy vs. English thou, French tu, Russian ty), but not vice versa?

Also, says the origin of Latin totus is unknown, but isn't there an obvious correspondence with Greek toso (<*totjo 'so much')?
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