Q: Did Latin's "niger" (black) originate from an African word for the Niger River?

Damien Hall D.Hall at KENT.AC.UK
Sun Oct 23 14:46:25 UTC 2011

It seems as if yesterday's discussion has put paid to this suggestion (particularly Jon's contribution, for me).  And yet I can't help noticing that no-one has called Wright on his specific suggestion that 'Ger, or Geir, is African for _river_'.  'African'?  This, to me, was the crowning proof that the writer needed to do more research.



Damien Hall

University of Kent (UK / Royaume-Uni)
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, 'Towards a New Linguistic Atlas of France'
Projet de recherche: 'Vers un Nouvel Atlas Linguistique de la France'

English Language and Linguistics, School of European Culture and Languages
Section de Langue et Linguistique Anglaises, Faculté de la Culture et des Langues Européennes

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