>The fact that Sanb is attested as a proper name might at least
>indicate that "sanb" in the rosc is not a corrupt form. There
>aren't a lot of words ending in -nb in OI: only "ainb" and "banb"
>show up in the on-line glossary. Maybe one of the IE-ists could
>reconstruct an earlier form of "sanb" that might in turn suggest
I don't know the answer to this, but if I might speculate, banb is supposed
to come from Proto-Celtic *banwo-, but I have seen ainb explained as coming
from PC *an-wid-s, so I suppose that sanb might come from either *sanwo- or
It might be related to OIr sain "different, particular" (and OW han "alium")
and sanas "secret" (OW hanes "narration"), which are supposedly from PIE
*seni-, senu-, (seni-) "for oneself, separate".
Another possible root is PIE *sen-, *sene-, *sen(e)u-, sen@- "to prepare,
work on, succeed".
- Chris Gwinn
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