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, "joe" <changingmoon@...> wrote:
> 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".