[Spellyans] Need, want

Hewitt, Stephen s.hewitt at unesco.org
Mon Apr 6 09:48:41 BST 2009

The dialect reflexes of ezom pattern exactly like any number of -z- (=-dh-) words in Breton. Old Breton -th- falls together with -dh- only in the far SW dialects.

The erroneous orthography ezhomm (implying an Old Breton -th-)  is the result of an automatic combination of Leon and Gwened, where an -h- is sometimes inserted to avoid hiatus.

It is fairly certain that has Old Breton -dh- rather than -th-.

Steve Hewitt

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Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Need, want

I have checked Jackson. His reason for thinking -z- in MB was voiced  
is its loss in some dialects.
But as Jackson points out, -dh- is lost intervocalically in Breton,  
but so is -th- in some dialects.
Moreover he admits that choueza 'to blow' with -th- has been  
contaminated by the word for 'swell' with -dh-.
And also the cognate adamnae 'hunger' in Old Irish, which has been  
explained as *ad-ismn- where ismn is related
to Greek himeros 'desire'. The Lexique Etym. de l'Irlandais Ancien is  
very suspicious of this etymology or even
of the existence of the word adamnae which is a hapax legomenon.

Stick to ethom/othem

On 4 Apr 2009, at 14:04, Michael Everson wrote:

> this owrd contains [ð] and noth [θ], according to HPB para. 936

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