Ray Brown wrote: > > On Sunday, June 13, 2004, at 06:26 , John Cowan wrote: > [snip] > > Still later, s- became perfectly fine: there is no synchronic evidence for > > prefixing in French today -- as opposed to Spanish and Turkish, where it > > is > > very much alive (though it's i- in Turkish, as in I-stanbul < Stambul < > > [Kon]stantinopoul[os]). > > Non, no - 'Stambul' is from northern Greek [stm='bul] = standard modern > Greek [stim'boli]/stin poli/ = in the City/to the City. > > The Byzantine Greeks, I believe, habitually referred to the capital simply > as "the City". "In the City" seems a rather odd origin for the name of a city. The Konstaninopoulos theory seems better to me for that reason.