Reconstruction:Proto-Germanic/merkuz

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This Proto-Germanic entry contains reconstructed terms and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-Germanic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier *merkwuz, from Proto-Indo-European *(h₂)mer(H)gʷ- (dark), cognate to Proto-Slavic *mergъ (brown).[1] Orr summarizes arguments for borrowing from common Slavic into common Germanic.[2] (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “Disagreement in the literature”) In any case, related to Proto-Slavic *morkъ (darkness).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

*merkuz[3]

  1. dark

Inflection[edit]


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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013), “*merkw-”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN
  2. ^ Orr, Robert A. (2003), “Murk: A Neglected Slavic Loanword in Germanic?”, in Canadian Slavonic Papers[1], volume 45, issue 1/2, pages 47–60
  3. ^ Orel, Vladimir (2003), “merkwaz”, in A Handbook of Germanic Etymology, Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 268