Ar 11:48 AM -0700 6/25/98, scríobh Candon Clannach:
>> On the other hand, McCone provides an alternate etymology of OI "domum"
>> and Welsh "dwfn" (world), based on the idea of "black earth, soil", as
>> follows: *dub-no-s <- *dub-ro-s <- Common Celtic *dub-u-s <- IE *dhubh-
>> (to smoke; hazy; darkened).
>Very subtle! But almost seems like folk-etymology. How does he state
He just tossed it out in a discussion (in _Stair na Gaeilge_, p.126) of
Indo-European independent suffixes such as *-yo-, *-wo-, *-no-, *-ro-, etc.
which have left traces in Old Irish. There's really no more argument.
He simply derives OI "domun" and MW "dwvyn" from IE *dub-no-s, where -no-
is one of the independent suffixes, and *dub- comes from the root *dhubh-.
The next question, I guess, is "what is the value of the IE suffix *-no-?"
ALSO: I see that in my haste around midnight last night, I conflated his
argument, which should be: IE *dub-ro-s gives OI "dobur" and OW "dubr",
both meaning "(dark) water"; and *dub-u-s is the CC precursor of OI "dub"