Descendants and ancestry of a proto-Indo- European phytonym ∗meh2l-1

Fenwick, R. S. H. (2016) Descendants and ancestry of a proto-Indo- European phytonym ∗meh2l-1. Journal of Indo-European Studies, 44 3-4: 441-465.

Author Fenwick, R. S. H.
Title Descendants and ancestry of a proto-Indo- European phytonym ∗meh2l-1
Journal name Journal of Indo-European Studies
ISSN 0092-2323
Publication date 2016-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 44
Issue 3-4
Start page 441
End page 465
Total pages 25
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher Institute for the Study of Man
Collection year 2017
Formatted abstract
Human migrations often lead phytonyms to be repurposed over time to suit differences in local plant communities. This is particularly true of plants that have great cultural importance. In this article evidence from several Indo-European branches is marshalled to reconstruct a basic Early PIE phytonym ∗meh2l-, from which a range of derived stems diverged in the descendant languages to refer to plants as diverse as the apple, mallow, pomegranate, mango, ivy, and grapevine. Internal reconstruction of ∗meh2l- is undertaken to hypothesise its origin in a cryptonym ∗móh2-l-s (genitive ∗méh2-l-s) 'growing or fruitful one', one of a very small class of Early PIE l-stems.
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