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Moon (was Gothic gods)

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  • llama_nom
    ... the other ... be monaz? ... Hi Le, If you look under moon in an English etymological dictionary, you sould find attested cognates in all these languages
    Message 1 of 10 , Apr 8, 2005
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      --- In gothic-l@yahoogroups.com, "Le Bateman" <LeBateman@A...> wrote:
      > I am not certain the name would have an e in it, if it resembles
      the other
      > Germanic words. OE is mona, OS maybe the same Mona. OHG would that
      be monaz?
      > Would it be similar munais?


      Hi Le,

      If you look under "moon" in an English etymological dictionary, you
      sould find attested cognates in all these languages and more:

      OE móna
      OHG, OS mâno
      Go. mena
      ON máni

      etc. (all long root vowels, including Gothic).

      These are exactly the forms linguists would expect to develop from
      the Germanic root *mæ:n-. (The ending is descended from the Gmc. an-
      stem in the case of ON and Go., but the ôn-stem, in the case of the
      West Germanic languages.)

      Germanic /æ:/ normally becomes /a:/ in WG and NG, but /e:/ in EG.
      In OE, there is a further development to /æ:/ (or else the earlier
      Germanic value remained unchanged), except before nasals, where the
      usual development is to /o:/. Cf. OE nómon, cwómon, ON námu, kvámu,
      Go. nemun, qemun.

      Llama Nom
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