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Appendix:Proto-Slavic/melko

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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-SlavicEdit

EtymologyEdit

Usually explained as a borrowing from a Germanic language due to a Centum reflex of Proto-Indo-European */ǵ/; compare Proto-Germanic *meluks, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂melǵ- (to milk).

Early Proto-Slavic form *melka- however formally presents difficulties, because it would either :

  • require an intermediary language that would drop the medial *-u- from Proto-Germanic word and thematicize the stem
  • presuppose the otherwise unreconstructable Proto-Germanic adjective *melkaz, or reflect the stem of the reconstructible Proto-Germanic verb *melkaną (to milk).

The same Proto-Indo-European root regularly gave Proto-Slavic *mьlsti (to milk). From the same Indo-European root include also Latin mulgeō, Ancient Greek ἀμέλγω (amélgō), Lithuanian mélžti, Welsh blith, Tocharian A malke.

NounEdit

*melko n

  1. milk

DeclensionEdit

DescendantsEdit