Siouan and Muskogean "flat"

Anthony Grant Granta at
Thu Mar 9 10:04:38 UTC 2006

There's a Western Muskogean form for 'sunfish' (whatever that is; we don't have them in England) which is patassa or patasa, and which is recorded for Mobilian Jargon  - is that connected?  Are sunfish flat?  


>>> ahartley at 03/08/06 11:02 pm >>>
David Kaufman wrote:

> John Koontz wrote:
>  > In fact, though I'm hard pressed to understand this as a phonaestheme,
> it does resemble IE forms like English flat, Latin planum, Greek Platon
> 'Plato', a nickname, lit. 'the broad one', P. having been a wrestler in
> his youth.  I don't have a reference that allows looking up PIE sets.


Also, entry 12.71 FLAT (including some Baltic & Slavic cognates) in 
Buck's _Dict. of Selected Synonyms in the Principal Indo-European 
Languages_ (1949), a marvelous word-treasury!


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