Re to J Silk: kaDevara & cadaaver

dlusthau at dlusthau at
Wed Oct 30 18:22:53 UTC 1996

>        2) in kaDevara, hesitations in spelling betray a non-IE origin,
>kaDa/kala 'dumb' is very far from 'body, corpse' 

Maybe not. In Hebrew "body" is guf, which eventually entered English as 
"goof", implying, I guess, someone who is present physically but not 
mentally... a dummy who makes mistakes.

Grammars give the appearance of neat logic, but interlinguistic 
transmissions are more chancey and happenstancish.

Dan Lusthaus
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