467SEL-D- in _Etymologies_: word restored?
- Jul 15, 2003I have a question concerning the entry SEL-D- in _Etymologies_:
We there have the word _selde_. After the change of the etymology
from "daughter" to "child" we see the Q forms _seldo_ and _selda_
added. Is it plausible that "child" has the meaning of "progeny"
(contrast to _hin_) and thus _seldo_ would be "male progeny" and
thus "son" and, en suite, _selda_ would mean "female progeny"
restoring thereby "daughter"?
[Short answer: yes, it's plausible. Longer answer: Patrick Wynne and
I have since last year been working on a complete "Addenda and
Corrigenda to _The Etymologies_", which is nearing completion, and
will be published in probably two parts in the next issues of _Vinyar
Tengwar_. This and many other questions will be answered by that
work. Watch this group and the _Vinyar Tengwar_ web site
(<http://www.elvish.org/VT/>) for further announcements. CFH]