Re: april (ja-stem)
- Hails Manie,
Maybe. Of course there are also Go. words ending in short -is, e.g.
the former neuter es/os stems that have gone over to the a-
declension in Gothic (agis, etc.). On the other hand, looking over
the list I made during our discussions a while back, I see that all
the other month names could well be interpreted as masculines:
So *Apreileis might come about by analogy with *Januareis &
*Faibruareis. Your point about the accent in OHG is an interesting
one. I didn't know that. Apparently in Old English even borrowed
words conformed to the native pattern of initial stress (so says
Campbell). I'm not sure, but by the time the Latin month names were
adopted by the Goths, Popular Latin like Greek may have lost the
distinction of short/long vowels, except as it related to stress--
although the difference between previously long/short vowels was in
some cases preserved as a qualitative difference.
I've been assuming, for no very good reason that I can remember,
that Gothic kept the native pattern of initial stress. I wonder if
there's any evidence either way on this matter.
By the way, the main update to my chaotic calendrical rambings was
that I found in Cleasby & Vigfusson's Icelandic Dictionary an
etymology for misseri, namely Gmc. *missa + *jærjam (from
*jæram "year"), i.e. "one of the two _divisions_ of the year".
Which if right suggests Go. *missajeri.
--- In email@example.com, "Manie Lombard" <manielombard@c...>
> Háilsdid OHG in
> Assuming that the Gothic language stuck to the Latin accent (as
> Biblical names, for instance Adám, Israhél,.) and seeing thatnouns of the
> ja-stem with a long open stem-syllable take on the form -eis,would not
> "april" become *apreileis?
> (cf.: lekeis, siponeis,..)