Animal evidence (elephant)

Edwin F Bryant efb3 at
Mon Dec 23 23:03:58 UTC 1996

Gramkrelidze and Ivanov, in their magnum opus, propose *yebh or *Hebh, on
the basis of Sanskrit and Latin, and *lebhonth or *leHbho on the basis of
Greek and Hittite (443-444).  They then propose the two variants may be
derived from a single proto-IE form.  Best,  Edwin Bryant

On Mon, 23 Dec 1996, Klaus Karttunen wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> after having seen through a great number of messages I do not anymore 
> remember, who claimed an IE etymology for elephant. I know that a few 
> such etymologies have been proposed, but what I have seen, seems rather 
> unlikely. The Greek word elephas, elephant- has probably nothing to do 
> with Sanskrit ibha-, but seems to go back to ancient Egyptian, where 
> related words are attested very early. A further (and even IE) parallel 
> is Hittite la_hpa. See Frisk, Griech. etymol. Woerterbuch and my India 
> in early Greek Literature.
> This is probably the last time I check my e-mail (I have no connection 
> in my home computer) before leaving to Bangalore. See you there.
> Season's Greetings.
> Klaus Karttunen

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