Reconstruction:Proto-Slavic/olbǫdь

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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed words 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-Slavic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white). Cognate with Proto-Germanic *albits (swan) and *albiz (> elf).

Noun[edit]

*olbǭdь m[1][2]

  1. swan

Declension[edit]

Derksen 2008 reconstructs this word as a jo-stem, but this must be secondary given the lack of iotation of final *d. Per Derksen, this word is either accent class c or a.

Alternative forms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • East Slavic:
    • Belarusian: ле́бедзь m (ljébjedzʹ)
    • Russian: ле́бедь m or f (lébedʹ)
    • Rusyn: лебідь (lebidʹ)
    • Ukrainian: ле́бідь m (lébidʹ)
  • Non-Slavic languages:

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008), “*olbǭdь; *olbǭtь; *elbedь; *elbǭtь”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 365: “m. jo (c (a)) ‘swan’”
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001), “olbǫdь (lebedь, lebędь)”, in Common Slavic accentological word list, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “f. c svane (PR 138)”