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Re: The Gothic word for "mother"

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  • llama_nom
    ... As Fredrik mentioned, the contact could have been between Finns and Germanic speakers in Scandinavia. The same root is recorded in Old Icelandic in eiða
    Message 1 of 7 , Aug 13, 2008
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      --- In gothic-l@yahoogroups.com, "joe" <changingmoon@...> wrote:
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      > I would like to thank everyone who responded to my question about the
      > Gothic word for "mother". All of the replies were useful. The question
      > came from something I had read that stated that the Finnish word
      > for "mother', äiti, came from Gothic. If that is so, then when and
      > where were the Finns and Goths in contact?

      As Fredrik mentioned, the contact could have been between Finns and
      Germanic speakers in Scandinavia. The same root is recorded in Old
      Icelandic in 'eiða' (a rare synonym for 'móðir' "mother" which occurs
      occasionally in poetry) and possibly in 'edda' "great-grandmother".
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