yonder - English or Irish?

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Jun 18 15:50:12 UTC 2008

On Jun 18, 2008, at 8:40 AM, Larry Horn wrote, in response to Josh
Macfelder's query about "yonder":
> Based on the OED, which gives cognates from other Germanic languages
> (Old Saxon, Middle Low German, Dutch, W. Frisian, Gothic), "yonder"
> is derived from "yon", which--in addition to Germanic forms--is
> related to morphs in Sanskrit, Lithuanian, and Old Slavic.  I don't
> see any Celtic.

there might be a celtic counterpart, but if there is it's like the
"jen-" of german "jener" 'that' -- a cognate form, not the source in


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