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The Romanian îns, ins ‘Person, Human Being’ and its Roots in Proto-Indo-European

Publication: Philologica Jassyensia, IX (2), p. 121-124
Publisher:Institutul de Filologie Română „A. Philippide”
Abstract:The Romanian noun ins, îns, meaning ‘person, human being’ has traditionally been explain through the Latin demonstrative pronoun ipse (-a, -um) ipsus, ‘that very, just that, self’, in spite of the phonetic difficulties. This paper offers a new perspective on the subject, relating the Romanian isogloss to the Proto-Indo-European form *haénsus ‘god, spirit, vital force’ as reconstructed by Mallory-Adams in their latest work. Recent studies of isolated Indo-European languages, such as Burushanski, may bring new and interesting perspectives in comparative linguistics.
Key words:Romanian language, etymology, Proto-Indo-European language, Latin language, comparative linguistics
Language: English

Citations to this publication: 1

References in this publication: 1

343Alexandru CiorănescuDicționarul etimologic al limbii române
Diccionario etimológico rumano
Universidad de La Laguna; Editura Saeculum I.O.1958; 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007

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