On Freitag, März 28, 2003, at 03:34 Uhr, Ales Bican wrote:
> It might be KUP
Wouldn't that yield _kumpa_ rather than _kumna_ ?
[Not necessarily. The _Etym._ gives instances of _*pn_ >
_mn_ in Quenya, notably Q. _telemna_ 'silver' (adj.)
< KYELEP- or TELEP (V:366) and Q. _lemnar_ 'week'
< LEP- (V:368). However, the _Etym._ also has abundant
examples of bases ending in P with Q. derivatives containing
_-mp-_ rather than _-mn-_, e.g., _tompe_ pa.t. of _tope_
'covers' < TOP, _ampa_ 'hook' < GAP-, and _lempe_ 'five'
< LEP- (whence also _lemnar_ 'week'). A possible explanation
for these varying developments, at least at the time that the
_Etym._ was written, might be that P + N arising from
suffixion > _mn_ (_*lep-nar_ > _lemnar_), while elsewhere
Q. _-pm-_ is the result of nasal infixion, the nasal being
"homorganic", i.e. suited in point of articulation to the
consonant it precedes (_*le-m-pê_ > _lempe_). -- PHW]
>> At any rate, if we assume that HAM/KAM here means "ground", we get:
> **This is what I suggested in the Analysis, yes.
I know. I was basically recapping here.
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