Toponymic Convergence: The *alb- Root in the Place Name Alba and in the ‘Water Towns’ Names
Convergenza toponimica: la radice *alb- nel toponimo Alba e nelle denominazioni delle "Città d'acqua"
Perono Cacciafoco, Francesco
Date of Issue2013
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Palaeo-Ligurian place-names of the type Alba, Old European river names Albis and the like, as well as their ablauting forms Olb- (> Orb- in Romance Ligurian) do not reflect directly Proto-Indo-European adjective *albho- ‘white’; rather, they all continue a Pre-PIE extended root *Hal-bh- ‘water’ cognate with Sumerian halbia (> Akkadian halpium ‘well, water mass, water hole’). A further analysis of *Hal-bh- leads to a comparison with PIE root *Hal- ‘nourish’. PIE suffixed form *HwaH-r- ‘water’ exhibits a similar diffusion.
New Convergence Theory
Alba Pompeia: Rivista semestrale di studi storici, artistici e naturalistici per Alba e territori connessi = Alba Pompeia: Semiannual Journal for Historical, Artistic, and Naturalistic Studies for Alba and Its Territory
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