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Wistla/Vistula

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  • Ryszard Derdzinski
    ... of Vistula/Visla ? And thank you for the ISBN reference! ******* According to Babik and according to many other authors it is a very ancient, but IE
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 25, 2002
      George Knysh wrote:

      > ******GK: What does Babik have to say about the origin
      of "Vistula/Visla"? And thank you for the ISBN
      reference! *******

      According to Babik and according to many other authors it is a very ancient,
      but IE river-name. Most linguists agree that its etymology is: _*Wis-tla_ (<
      IE stem _*weys-_ 'to flow'). Another etymologies derive this name from IE
      _*(s)wit_ 'bright', _*(s)weyd-_ 'wetness', 'to windle', _*weyk'-_.

      This name is isolated (no similar river-names in the other regions of
      Europe) and it is very difficult (its seems to be impossible at the moment)
      to estimate its dating and origin. One seems to be clear: it is not Celtic,
      nor Germanic, nor Slavic name. It is much older.

      Yours,

      Reikhardus
      (Ryszard Derdzinski)

      maggot@... or galadhorn@...

      "Gwaith-i-Phethdain" http://www.elvish.org/gwaith
      "Polish Tolkien Society" http://www.parmadili.w.pl
      "Silesian Homeland" http://necik.mag.com.pl/~galadhorn/slask/index.htm
      "Sindarin Dictionary": http://www.uib.no/People/hnohf/gobeth.htm
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