How old are Germanic lambs? PGmc *lambiz- in Gothic and Gutnish

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Gothic and Gutnish lamb with the meaning ‘sheep’ sets these two languages apart from the rest of Germanic, and is the most common piece of evidence used to claim they share a close connection. Yet the same meaning is found in the descendants of Proto-Fennic *lambaz, a loan from Proto-Germanic, and speaks for Gothic and Gutnish preserving the original Proto-Germanic meaning of the etymon. These semantics provide a missing link for connecting Pro-to-Germanic *lambiz- with PIE *h₁él-n-/*h₁l-ón- ‘red deer’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUsque ad Radices : Indo-European Studies in Honour of Birgit Anette Olsen
EditorsBjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen, Adam Hyllested, Anders Richardt Jørgensen, Guus Kroonen, Jenny Helena Larsson, Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead, Thomas Olander, Tobias Mosbæk Søborg
Number of pages9
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherMuseum Tusculanum
Publication date7 Apr 2017
ISBN (Print)9788763545761
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2017
SeriesCopenhagen Studies in Indo-European

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Old Gutnish, Gothic, Proto-Germanic, Semantics, Indo-European, lamb

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