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

  • Music:

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, http://www.etymonline.com says the origin of Latin totus is unknown, but isn't there an obvious correspondence with Greek toso (<*totjo 'so much')?
Tags: greek
Subscribe

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 7 comments