- Dec 18, 2013View SourceDear Justine,
*Razdakunthja would be my first choice. The use of the suffix -ja to form nomina agentis from nouns is well attested in Gothic: fiskja, liugnja, timrja, gudja, wardja, skattja, skilja, waurstwja, kasja, swiglja, ferja, haurnja, afdrugkja, weindrugkja, afetja, bihaitja, arbinumja, fauragaggja, gasinthja, ingardja, nehwundja.
A good treatment of early Germanic word-formation can be found in Friedrich Kluge's Nominale Stammbildungslehre der altgermanischen Dialekte. Even though published in 1926, it is still one of the best. A further source is Wolfgang Meid's Germanische Sprachwissenschaft von Dr. H. Krahe, III Wortbildung (1967).
I might add here as an aside, hopefully of interest, that the -j- suffix was also used to form patronymics ('so-and-so, son of son-and-son') in Germanic. This usage is clearly attested in the earliest runic inscriptions (I give normalized forms in the following):
Ek Hlewagastiz Holtijaz (Gallehus horn) 'I Hlewagastiz, son of Holtaz'
Ek Aljamarkiz Baiijaz (Karstad stone) 'I Aljamarkiz, son of Bajaz'
The cognate in Gaulish (-ios) was similarly used, e.g. Kongennolitanos Kartsilitanios 'Kongennolitanos, son of Kartsilitanos'.
On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 1:25:35 PM, "underwoodjustine@..." <underwoodjustine@...> wrote:
Hi there Edmund, I hate to resurrect an old post, but if you would render "razdakunthi" for linguistics, how would you render "linguist?" *razdakunthja, perhaps?