abhi/abhIh - Interesting Word/s in Sanskrit - an Analysis [Long]

Lars Martin Fosse l.m.fosse at internet.no
Mon Apr 7 16:42:15 UTC 1997

At 19:15 6.04.97 BST, you wrote:
>Attachment Converted: C:\INTERNET\EUDORA\ABHI_5R.TXT

In spite of the impressive number of examples in the paper, I am afraid that
abhi has nothing to do with the root bhI (to fear). abhi is related to the
Greek preverb/preposition amphi < *(a)mbhi, compare Latin amb(i)Gallic ambi,
Old High German Umbi and the Albanian preposition mbi. The Sanskrit abhi
comes from a form with another accent pattern than the one in Greek and
Latin, .mbh'i, which in the regular manner of Sanskrit sound change becomes
abhi. (The .m is a vowel in Indo-European). The original concept related to
the word is "on both sides".

Best regards,

Lars Martin Fosse

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