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  • n. A plural of etymon.

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  • n. Plural form of etymon.


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  • But most often the 'etyma' being equivalent, we must proceed 'ex arbitrio,' as 'law compels,' 'religion obliges;' or take up what had been begun in some one derivative.

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • This is because of what I've encountered as valid sound sequences and syllable shapes in more certain Minoan etyma and because of comparison with Etruscan, Rhaetic and Lemnian.

    Death and daffodils

  • And the real reason why some of the Dravidian etyma are reconstructed there with voiced consonants is exactly the one whose lack you are deploring: rigorous methodology, namely, the small issue of regular phonetic correspondences, which is the true "focus of the science of comparative linguistics".

    The Tower of Babel

  • Through the use of contrived sounds as a smokescreen, void of a discernible phonological structure that all human languages have, he can freely connect different etyma together no matter how large of a leapfrog we have to hurdle to swallow it, making it seem to laymen as though North Caucasian has a lot more evidence behind it than it actually does.

    The Tower of Babel

  • I wrote Professor Alan Kaye who's done etymological work on Arabic asking "if any or all of these are genuine scholarly works," and he responded "None of these are scientific etymological dictionaries as exist for other languages, such as English, which give the Proto-Germanic and Proto-Indo-European etyma." ARABIC ETYMOLOGY II.

  • The great mass of the words are traceable to Latin etyma, as in all Romance dialects a large portion of Germanic words are found.

    Frederic Mistral

  • Here the 'etyma, -- ratio,' the relative proportion of thoughts and things, -- and understanding, as the power which substantiates

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • IE etyma, the discursive history and diagramed family tree are given on facing pages to show the modern outcomes of a given inherited IE form and of its cousin forms inherited by other IE branches (Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, etc.), then borrowed from them by English.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 1

  • There is a grave flaw in the principles of the stemma diagrams: Branches for separate etyma of a single dialectgroup, usually Germanic (e.g., * af ` off 'and * after - ` after') are twigged improperly off the same node as other, quite different dialect-groups (e.g.,

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 1


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