Welsh, Etymology, and You
I’ve seen a couple posts referencing Welsh flying around on the Teen Wolf tags and I’d just like to address it. I sent an Ask to Not Another Teen Wolf Podcast addressing this, but it was from the Tumblr app and that steaming pile of fuck has a nasty habit of eating the things I need to post most. Plus, I wanted to go a little more in depth.
In my first Meta Post (here, which I will be updating soon with a soundcloud of me pronouncing the words in question) I made some comparisons and did some etymology based on relatedness in terms of a variety of words. The first of which was ‘wolf’. I specified that I was comparing Gaelic languages for a reason. This is because Deaton specifically said “the Gaelic word for oak blah blah”. So I figured he was sticking to Gaelic Languages.
The thing is, Welsh is a Celtic language, but not a Gaelic language. There are 6 Celtic Languages, and from there, they are broken down into two main sub-groupings as such:
Gaelic: Scottish, Irish, Manx
Insular: Welsh, Cornish, Breton
These are very important distinctions to make in terms of linguistics because languages are grouped by shared innovation (what new things from their last recent common ancestor were passed down into their language) in terms of Phonology (sounds), Morphology (prefixes, suffixes, infixes, inflectional endings, etc), Syntax (word order), and Lexicon (actual vocabulary items).
This is why the forms for Welsh look a fair bit different, and you can even see how they look more like the Proto-Celtic forms I listed off for oak.
Welsh derw /dɛruː/ preserves the final /u/ of Proto-Celtic *dóru.
So, I was at lunch with a friend and his sister after seeing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, catching up on stuff and talk turned to the new series of Doctor Who - our expectations, Peter Capaldi, Jenna possibly leaving, the Matt Smith era - and his sister suddenly raises an interesting point.
"Isn’t the Matt Smith era kind of similar to Twilight?"
This caused both my friend and I to pause, and look at each other with a similar expression of puzzlement.
"Yeah - I mean the storyline is very similar," she continued "The main female character has to choose between two men from different races, makes her choice and has baby. Baby grows up abnormally fast, and ends up marrying the other man."
Despite how this theory glosses over some of the plot, it still kind of stunned me as I realisation slowly dawned on me.
I had watched a sci-fi variant of Twilight.