question about Proto/Para-Munda affix -usha

Michael Witzel witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Mon Feb 22 14:39:15 UTC 2010


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Well, Kuiper (sic) has again listed a number of this and related   
suffixes in his 1991 book:

Aryans in the Rigveda, Amsterdam: Rodopi 1991

See pages 45-47:  -ASa, -ISa, -USa (UNICODE: -āṣa, īṣa-,  
ūṣa-) ;
also: āla, aṣa, ṭa, nas, ya, ra, śa, ha.

Emuṣa is a bit more complex, also in view of Kupier's (partial)  
retraction 1991: 18; 2.

Cheers, M. WItzel


On Feb 22, 2010, at 5:18 AM, John Peterson wrote:

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> Clancy,
>
> The only person I know who might have an answer to this question is  
> David Stampe in Hawaii, who not only knows his way around Proto- 
> Munda but also Proto-Mon-Khmer: stampe at hawaii.edu
>
> Otherwise: Are you sure it really is Munda? I have seen references  
> on /u?a/ being Proto- (or Para-?) Munda (I believe it was /Emu?a/  
> in a work by Kuijper) but I don't recall if there was any  
> justification (linguistic or otherwise) for that assumption. I'm  
> just curious, as I don't know of anything even remotely similar to  
> it in the modern languages.
>
> Best,
> John
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> Zitat von "Clements, Joseph Clancy" <clements at INDIANA.EDU>:
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>> I'm looking for any information regarding the meaning and history  
>> of the Proto/Para-Munda affix -usha ('u' here is short; 'sh' is a  
>> retroflex sibilant). Any information or leads would be greatly  
>> appreciated.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Clancy
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