бэрэ

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Adyghe[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Trubetzkoy, incorrectly citing the Adyghe form as beurə, derives it from Ossetian; compare Digor Ossetian берӕ (beræ), беурӕ (bewræ).

On the other hand, Shagirov derives from бэ (, much, a lot) +‎ -рэ (-ră, adverbial suffix) but remarks that the Iranian (Ossetian) origin of бэ () in principle cannot be excluded: the ending -рӕ (-ræ) of the Ossetian word may have been interpreted as the Adyghe adverbial suffix.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

бэрэ (bără)

  1. many times, a lot
    КӀалэр бэрэ сиунэ къакӏо — The boy is coming to my house a lot.
    Бэрэ тхылъхэмэ саджэ — I read the books many times.
  2. long time
    Бэрэ сиунэ укъэкӏожьыгъэпlong time you didn't come to my house.

See also[edit]

  1. тэкӏурэ (few times)

References[edit]

  • Vasilij Abajev (1958–89), Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ osetinskogo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of Ossetian], in 4 vols, Moscow–Leningrad: USSR Academy of Sciences, volume I, page 262
  • Nikolai Trubetzkoy (1921), Remarques sur quelques mots iraniens empruntés par les langues du Caucase septentrional. In: Mémoires de la Société de Linguistique de Paris [MSL], Paris, vol. 22, fasc. 5, page 249
  • “бэ” in Amin Šagirov (1977), Etimologičeskij slovarʹ adygskix (čerkesskix) jazykov [Etymological Dictionary of Adyghean (Circassian) Languages], in 2 vols, Moscow: Nauka, volume I, pages 70–71