Water Origins: the *alb- Root in the Pre-Latin Toponymy of Ancient Liguria
Perono Cacciafoco, Francesco
Date of Issue2013
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Paleo-Ligurian place names of the type Alba,Old European river names Albis and the like, as well as their ablautingforms Olb- (> Orb- in Romance Ligurian) do not reflectdirectly the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) adjective *albho- ʻwhiteʼ;rather, they all continue a Pre-PIE extended root *Hal-bh- ʻwaterʼ,cognate with Sumerian ḫalbia (> Akkadian ḫalpium ʻspring,well, water mass, water holeʼ). A further analysis of the same root *Hal-bh-leads to a comparison with the PIE root *Hal- ʻnourishʼ. PIE suffixedform *HwaH-r- ʻwaterʼ exhibits a similar diffusion.
Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
Acta Linguistica: Journal for Theoretical Linguistics
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