njawilliams at gmail.com
Sun Jul 31 10:27:09 BST 2011
Deiniol is completely right. Welsh gwaith 'work', Cornish gweyth, gwyth derives from the root *wegh- and are unrelated to the root seen in Cornish gruthyl, Welsh gwneuthur. My mystake.
OIr fecht 'time', Cornish gweyth belongs to this root, rather than to that behind OIr fich- 'to fight'.
Welsh gwneuthur, gwneud and Cornish gruthyl, gul do belong to the root *wreg-.
Irish do-gní 'does', dénam 'to do', on the other hand are apparently related to the root seen in Welsh gweini 'to serve' and Cornish gonys 'to cultivate'.
On 2011 Gor 31, at 00:54, Deiniol Jones wrote:
> I was under the impression that the communis opinio has it that C. gweyth (along with its cognates W. gwaith and B. gwezh) derives from a Proto-Celtic *wexta:, ultimately from the PIE *weg'h-, as seen in Latin ueho, etc, and that the original sense was "course, period of time", with a later semantic extension to "work". Am I behind the times here? (I'm also aware of an alternate etymon in PIE *weik- "be victorious", which brings in OI fecht, but IIRC this isn't well supported by the Academy.)
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