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Bactrian χϸονο ‘(calendar) year, (regnal) year’


Scarborough,  Matthew
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Scarborough, M. (2021). Bactrian χϸονο ‘(calendar) year, (regnal) year’. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 31(3): S1356186321000079, pp. 599-607. doi:10.1017/S1356186321000079.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-143F-C
Since H. Humbach's Baktrische Sprachdenkmäler (Wiesbaden, 1966) the main etymological proposal for Bactrian χϸονο ‘(calendar) year, (regnal) year’ has been A. Thierfelder's suggestion of a loanword from Hellenistic Greek χρόνος ‘time’. In this article the plausibility of this etymology is re-examined, and it is further argued that it should be rejected on the grounds that the formal phonological differences between the potential Hellenistic Greek source form and its presumable loan-adaptation form in Bactrian are inconsistent with what is known of Bactrian diachronic phonology.