ba n n lotus HB 78 perhaps Cp While it is true that there is a Cp p í n green

Ba n n lotus hb 78 perhaps cp while it is true that

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phonetically even more complex than Worrell’s proposal. ba n n ”lotus”: HB 78, “perhaps Cp.” While it is true that there is a Cp. p+ í§ n § “green herbs” (Crum 774), the necessary semantic shift would be excessive for a plant so characteristically Egyptian. In fact, an item like Neo- Persian bo nin can only be an Arabic loanword, in turn harking back to OE, for which Ermann & Grapow have no less than three possible etyma: > s n < “lily” (in III 485, semantically unapt, but “lotus” in 486)”, > s n < “lotus flower” (III 487), and > s nn < “little lotus flower” (III 486, phonetically best), it being obvious that the Arabic item reflects one of these words, prefixed with the Egyptian definite article. Vittmann 206 and 221, though declaring his conviction that the true etymon of this word is Cp. and OE, expresses his doubts about Cp. —»— en (Crum 608 “lily”) with a question mark, preferring a *pe nin , posited by Osing 1976:848, whence that Persian term. Chances are 14 See C ORRIENTE 1977: 75-76.
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Coptic loanwords of Egyptian Arabic… 71 that we are confronted here with reflexes of the OE term with agglutination of the article, but the double /n/ is strange. ba ans : “9 th month of the Cp. calendar”: BH 78, from Cp. pa ons . ba r »” “oats”: contributed by Behnstedt 1981:84, with an etymological proposal Cp. pi+ í ro/ »í “seed” and vars. (Crum 831), to which he objects the abnormal EA reflex of the Cp. affricates. Considering the whole evidence, we would subscribe this etymon together with the occasional occurrence of that equivalence. bu Á bu Á ”bogey”: BH 95 “perhaps Cp.” As Vittmann 221 states, very correctly this time, such supposition is absolutely unlikely, not only on account of the repeated pharyngeal phoneme, but because of the closeness of this entry to Arabic ba Á ba Á ah = baqbaqah “gurgling sound of a mug”, while being filled with water or emptied of it, metaphorically assimilated since old with the threatening sounds uttered by a creature which either blabbers or causes or tries to cause fear. 15 Also Behnstedt & Woidich in their unp. article are against the Cp. hypothesis and propound a development of the Neo-Arabic interjection b · ! , used for frightening. In fact, a synonymous and closely related ba Á aww in BH 88 is not attributed to Cp. there. baqr · r “frog”: BH 90, “Cp.”, and B 40, who establishes the Cp. etymon pe+krour (Crum 117), with an agglutinated definite article, accepted also by Vittmann 205 and Behnstedt (1981:83 with vars., and in the unp. article in collaboration with Woidich). baqf “oaf”: BH 90, “perhaps Cp.”. Probably, indeed, from Cp. pokf , a derivate of pake (Crum 261). 16 At the end of their unp. article, Behnstedt & Woidich include this item in a list of others “sounding like Cp. but obviously Arabic”. baql · la “blister”: BH 91, “perhaps Cp.”, and B 40, who establishes the Cp.
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