davidtreth at gmail.com
Thu May 24 12:56:54 BST 2012
There are of course semantic differences between the Slavic languages -
what is "deaf" in Polish or Sorbian, may be "dumb" in Russian for all I
On 24/05/2012 10:42, Michael Everson wrote:
> On 24 May 2012, at 10:52, Hewitt, Stephen wrote:
>> Pour la petite histoire, the Arabic word for Austria is nimsâ. Where on earth did they get that from? From Ottoman Turkish, who took the universal Slavic word nemcy lit. “deaf ones”, i.e. those with whom it is like talking to a brick wall, in other words, for most Slavs, “Germans”, from their nearest neighbours and for many centuries, vassals, the Bulgarians, who used it mainly for the Austrian Empire (their most immediate experience of German-speakers).
> The verb неметь means 'to be dumb, speechless', not 'deaf'.
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