[b-hebrew] RE: Assyrians chase the Israelites up the Danube??
peterkirk at qaya.org
Mon Feb 21 12:27:18 EST 2005
On 21/02/2005 17:00, Bucher, Christina wrote:
>It's significant that when "Daitya" is actually pronounced it comes out
>sounding like "Daitcha," from which one could imagine "Deutsch" being
>fairly easily derived.
This last point is superfluous. The -sch part of "deutsch" is simply a
contraction of the Germanic ethnic suffix -isch, cf. English -ish. The
root of the word is deut- or teut- as in Teutonic.
But I am not offering support to Chris' questionable hypothesis. It
seems highly improbable that this ethnonym would have been preserved in
two places so far apart but nowhere in between.
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