Indo-European Lexicon

PIE Etymon and IE Reflexes

Below we display: a Proto-Indo-European (PIE) etymon adapted from Pokorny, with our own English gloss; our Semantic Field assignment(s) for the etymon, linked to information about the field(s); an optional Comment; and Reflexes (derived words) in various Indo-European languages, organized by family/group in west-to-east order where Germanic is split into West/North/East families and English, our language of primary emphasis, is artificially separated from West Germanic. IE Reflexes appear most often as single words with any optional letter(s) enclosed in parentheses; but alternative full spellings are separated by '/' and "principal parts" appear in a standard order (e.g. masculine, feminine, and neuter forms) separated by commas.

Reflexes are annotated with: Part-of-Speech and/or other Grammatical feature(s); a short Gloss which, especially for modern English reflexes, may be confined to the oldest sense; and some Source citation(s) with 'LRC' always understood as editor. Keys to PoS/Gram feature abbreviations and Source codes appear below the reflexes; at the end are links to the previous/next etyma [in Pokorny's alphabetic order] that have reflexes.

All reflex pages are currently under active construction; as time goes on, corrections may be made and/or more etyma & reflexes may be added.

Pokorny Etymon: 2. bhrū-, bhrēu-   'beam, bridge'

Semantic Field(s): Beam, Bridge

 

Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
English  
Old English: brycg, bricg n.fem bridge W7/ASD
Middle English: brigge, brygge n bridge W7/MEV
English: bridge n structure carrying roadway over obstacle/depression AHD/W7
Bridgefields prop.n Shire area in Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings LRC
West Germanic  
Old Frisian: bregge, brigge n.fem bridge ASD
Frisian: bregge n bridge ASD
Dutch: brug n.fem bridge ASD
Old High German: brucka, brucca n.fem bridge W7/ASD
Middle High German: brucke, brücke, brügge n.fem bridge ASD
German: Brücke n.fem bridge ASD
North Germanic  
Old Norse: brú n.str.fem bridge KNW
Icelandic: brū n.fem bridge ASD
bryggja n.fem bridge ASD
Danish: bro n bridge ASD
brygge n bridge ASD
Swedish: bro n bridge TLL
brygga n bridge TLL
Slavic  
Old Slavic: brüvüno n beam W7

 

Key to Part-of-Speech/Grammatical feature abbreviations:

Abbrev. Meaning
fem=feminine (gender)
n=noun
prop=proper
str=strong (inflection)

Key to information Source codes (always with 'LRC' as editor):

Code Citation
AHD=Calvert Watkins: The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed. (2000)
ASD=Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller: An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1898)
KNW=Gerhard Köbler: Altnordisches Wörterbuch, 2nd ed. (2003)
LRC=Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
MEV=J.R.R. Tolkien: A Middle English Vocabulary (1922)
TLL=Frederick Bodmer: The Loom of Language (1944)
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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