Ilk. ganu n. and adj. “male (person or animal)” (Category: Male)

Ilk. ganu n. and adj. “male (person or animal)” (Category: Male)

A Doriathrin word (noun and adjective?) for a “male” derived from the root ᴹ√ƷAN (Ety/ƷAN).

Possible Etymology: Its Quenya cognate ᴹQ. hanu indicates a primitive form *✶ʒanū [ɣanū], but ordinarily a primitive final vowel was lost in Ilkorin. Helge Fauskanger suggested that this Ilkorin word was instead derived for adjective form *✶ʒanwā [ɣanwā], which would have produced final -u after the loss of the [-ā] because final [w] became [u]. This derivation is indicated in the Phonetic Developments given below.

An alternate possibility, though, is that [u] was an exception to the rule that final vowels were lost in Ilkorin. The Noldorin development ᴹ√ƷAN > ON. anu > N. anw hints at a similar process. This uncertainly in its etymology makes it difficult to determine the part of speech (noun and/or adjective) that this word belongs to.

See Ilk. short final vowels vanished for further discussion.

References ✧ Ety/ƷAN; EtyAC/ƷAN





Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√ƷAN > ganu [ɣanwā] > [ɣanwa] > [ganwa] > [ganw] > [ganu] ✧ Ety/ƷAN