Follow-up: Second century Slav inscription?
- Vaclav has commented on the grammar, and is not alone!
Among the comments sent in reply to the European Archaeology list by Piotr
Gasiorowski, a Polish linguist, the following will be of interest:
""... The Polish root <rob-> as in <robili> 'did/made (pl.)' derives from
Proto-Slavic *orb- (phonetically perhaps [arb-] rather than [orb-], and
actually cognate to Germ. Arbeit) via so-called "liquid metathesis" ...
There is no way to envision a second-century form of (Proto-)West Slavic
with metathesised *rob- -- it would fly in the face of the securely
established chronology of Slavic sound changes. There are other, subtler
problems with the reading (e.g. the Modern Polish type of preterite
exemplified by <robili> is not particularly ancient, and the normal
makership formula is "I, Such-and-Such, made this strainer" rather than the
inexplicably anonymous "We made a strainer"), but the impossibility of
<rob-> makes further criticism virtually redundant...""
Alastair Millar, BSc(Hons)
Consultancy and translation for the heritage industry
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