yes and no
daniel at QUB.COM
Wed Apr 5 20:10:36 UTC 2006
Russian "da" seems to be non-derived, while Russian "net" is
historically complex, derived from "not is here" (at least according to
Vasmer, who seems to follow the tradition); the latter etymology is
completely opaque to the speakers, synchronically.
Bagvalal (Andian, Nakh-Daghestanian) uses negative copula for 'no' and
ananalyzable (at least synchronically) one phoneme word for 'yes' (and
some words also having other usages, as 'then').
Archi (Lezgic, Nakh-Daghestanian) uses negative copula for 'no', too.
In the Caucasus what apparently is a non-phonological click is also
commonly used for 'no'.
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