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Title: Origini remote. Il caso delle città d'acqua, di Olbicella e della radice *alb-
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Author: Francesco Perono Cacciafoco
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Institution: Università di Pisa
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Semantics
Subject Language: Greek, Ancient
Subject LANGUAGE Family: Indo-European; Romance; Semitic
Abstract: This paper outlines a new applied epistemological aspect of the so-called Convergence Theory (Teoria della Conciliazione), that is aimed at developing a potentially 'homogeneous' vision between the different approaches in the field of the Indo-European Linguistics. This work tries to 'reconstruct' a sort of Italian and European 'macro-area' (or 'micro-area') characterized by places names linked to the word-root *alb-, with a delineation of the 'semantic steps' produced, over the centuries, by the same word-root, following a potential all-embracing approach. It seems that Paleo-Ligurian place names of the type Alba, Old European river names Albis and the like, as well as their ablauting forms Olb- (> Orb- in Romance Ligurian), do not reflect directly the proto-Indo-European adjective *albho-, 'white'; rather, they all seem to continue a pre-proto-Indo-European extended root *Hal-bh-, 'water', cognate with the Sumerian ḫalbia (> Akkadian ḫalpium, 'spring', 'well', 'water mass', 'water hole'). A further analysis of the same *Hal-bh-, moreover, leads to a comparison with the proto-Indo-European root *Hal-, 'nourish'. The proto-Indo-European suffix form *HwaH-r-, 'water', then, exhibits a similar diffusion.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Francesco Perono Cacciafoco, Origini remote. Il caso delle città d'acqua, di Olbicella e della radice *alb-, in «Linguistica Zero», 6 (2013), pp. 102-128

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