[log in to unmask] writes: >Undoubtedly borrowed. Quite likely via Malay or Javanese, though it's >interesting that Tag. has preserved the /h/, unlike them. > Often don't words borrowed into languages often stay fairly stable, unlike words that the language originally had? Course i may be crazy. ANd naturally all sorts of strange things happen with borrowings. > > > >An old book (from the 50s or 60s) gives a pretty complete summation of >Skt. >loans in Indonesia, and you'll no doubt recognize some Philippine friends >there too--- Gonda _Sanskrit in Indonesia_. Hmm i should look for that. > > >Remember the Tasaday foofaraw? One of the giveaways that they were not a >"stone age people" was their word for God, liwata IIRC-- clearly Skt. >devata via some neighboring language, hence most likely post A.D. 1 or so, >and clearly they were not as isolated as was claimed. I remember that controversy. Supposedly they were one of the last untainted tribes left. I found that hard to believe. There's a lot of remote places, but there's no way they could have been that disconnected from the rest of the tribes. I simply think that they were a group that decided to simply become nomads, rather than trying to cultivate the forest.