The Indo-European etymology of Burushaski -·-skir ‘father-in-law’ and -·-skus ‘mother-in-law’

Ilija Casule

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    Within the wider framework of the hypothesis of the genetic affiliation of the Burushaski language with Indo-European an etymology is proposed for two kinship terms. Burushaski -·-skir ‘father in-law’ is derived from Indo-European *su̯ ék̂ uros ‘father-inlaw’ and Burushaski -·-skus ‘mother in-law’ from Indo-European *su̯ ek̂ rúhas ‘mother-in-law’. The etymological analysis and the Burushaski evidence strengthens the position of Indo-Europeanists who have derived Indo-European *su̯ ék̂ u(H)ros from *su̯ é- ‘one’s own’ + *k̂ uh1ros ‘powerful’ (: ‘experienced man, man with authority, master, lord’), and the word for ‘mother-in-law’ from that of the ‘father-in-law’.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)159-178
    Number of pages20
    JournalActa orientalia
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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