Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 17:27:03 +0000 (UTC)
Local: Wed, May 22 2002 1:27 pm
Subject: Re: Sanskrit numbers (was: French, Flemish and English (was: cvs commit: src/sys/alpha/alpha clock.c))
On Wed, 22 May 2002, Rahul Siddharthan wrote:Well, yeah, they're related languages. :) They're both descended from
> Interesting. I had a look at the latin numbers, and they're really
> strikingly similar to Sanskrit,
> with the notable exception of "one"I think "five" and "hundred" can be explained by Grimm's Law -- /p/,
> ("eka" in Sanskrit, which doesn't seem similar to any Western
> language). Also take "twenty" -- "vimshati" in Sanskrit, very
> similar to "viginti" in Latin or "vingt" in French, but quite
> different from the English and German words. (In fact many other
> English and German numbers -- four, five, hundred, thousand -- seem to
> have very little resemblance to Latin or Greek, whereas their French
> equivalents clearly come from Latin and are often similar to
/t/, /k/ in PIE usually became /f/, /th/, /h/ in Proto-Germanic, while PIE
/b/, /d/, /g/ became Germanic /p/, /t/, /k/. If anyone's curious, here
are the numbers in PIE from one to ten (from Robert Beekes' book
"Comparative Indo-European Linguistics") (and sorry about leaving off all
the accents that I can't type):
PIE Sanskrit Greek Latin Gothic
 Yes, the same Grimm who published all those fairy tales.
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