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    etymology of Albanian word "zëmër"

    Hi, i recently read Vladimir Orel's etymological dictionary for Albanian language and i saw that no clear etymology exists for the word "zëmër" meaning "heart". Thinking about the sound shifts i initially thought about something like *widza-muna and i thought that there can exist some connection to "flamur" (i was thinking about *awalamuna) where the second part (*muna) may refer to "movement" or something like this. Can anybody sort this out? also, can you tell me if i am doing things right with the sound-shift reconstruction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8mike View Post
    Hi, i recently read Vladimir Orel's etymological dictionary for Albanian language and i saw that no clear etymology exists for the word "zëmër" meaning "heart". Thinking about the sound shifts i initially thought about something like *widza-muna and i thought that there can exist some connection to "flamur" (i was thinking about *awalamuna) where the second part (*muna) may refer to "movement" or something like this. Can anybody sort this out? also, can you tell me if i am doing things right with the sound-shift reconstruction?
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    Its actually zemër f, pl. zemra 'heart; middle'

    from etymological perspective I personally think it's somehow related to Sanskrit

    SANSKRIT: samer (create)
    SANSKRIT: samira (god of wind)

    other possible relations

    PASHTU: zaru (heart)
    NURISTANI: ziri (heart)

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    probably comes from PIE ḱḗr, ḱ-> z


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    Hi, I think that "zemer" derives from z+m= zeri im which mean "my voice". Zemer in tosk dialect, Zemen i geg dialect
    I thought that albanian was composed and was based on two letters, but rather, language is based on one letter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finalise View Post
    probably comes from PIE ḱḗr, ḱ-> z
    in these languages (ordiinary satem ones, indo-iranian) PIE *K' give rather /SH/ I believe, and /Z/ or /ZH/ come rather from < *G' - concerning albanian I do'nt know in details: sometimes *G' >> DH, so...

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