Ilk. caun adj. “bowed, bow-shaped, bent”

Ilk. caun adj. “bowed, bow-shaped, bent”

An adjective meaning “bowed, bow-shaped, bent” developed from the primitive form ᴹ✶kuʒnā (Ety/KUƷ). The middle diphthong went through various sound changes as indicated in The Etymologies. First the [u] became [o] preceding the final [a] (kogna), then the [g] (from ✶ʒ) vocalized to [u] before the [n] (coun) and finally the diphthong [ou] became [au] (caun).

Reference ✧ Ety/KUƷ ✧ “bowed, bow-shaped, bent”



Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶kuʒnā > kogna > coun > caun [kuɣnā] > [kuɣna] > [koɣna] > [kogna] > [kouna] > [koun] > [kaun] ✧ Ety/KUƷ