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Is Slavic četa an Indo-European Archaism?
International Journal of Slavic Linguistics and Poetics (2001)
  • Marc L Greenberg, University of Kansas
Abstract

The Slavic word četa, which is found in modern Slavic languages with the meanings 'pair', 'band', 'troop', is shown to originate in PIE *kwet-, the root that underlies the PIE word for 'four'; the Slavic meaning 'pair' suggests that the root may go back to an earlier pre-PIE meaning 'two', cf. Hungarian két, Finnish kaksi.

Keywords
  • Proto-Slavic language,
  • Proto-Indo-European language,
  • etymology,
  • language contact,
  • Uralic,
  • Finno-Ugric,
  • Nostratic hypothesis,
  • comparative linguistics
Publication Date
2001
Citation Information
Marc L Greenberg. "Is Slavic četa an Indo-European Archaism?" International Journal of Slavic Linguistics and Poetics Vol. 43 (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marc_l_greenberg/19/