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WORDS ABOUT FAMILIES

 

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Words about Families

The words in the first row of this table are all marked with an asterisk (*).
This means that they are believed to be the P.I.E. roots that later became words in other languages, as shown in the other rows of the table.

 

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P.I.E.

*pater-

*mater-

*swesor-

*bhrater-

*dhugheter

*sunu-

*widhewa

Modern English

father

mother

sister

brother

daughter

son

widow

OLD ENGLISH

faeder

modor

sweostor

brothor

dohtor

sunu

widuwe

GERMAN

Vater

Mutter

Schwester

Bruder

Tochter

Sohn

Wittwe

LATIN

pater

mater

soror

frater

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vidua

GREEK

pater

meter

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phrater

thugater

huios

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RUSSIAN

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mat'

sestra

brat

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syn

vdova

SANSKRIT

pitar

matar

svasar

bhratar

duhitar

sunu

widuwe

SPANISH

padre

madre

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hija

hijo

viuda

FRENCH

pere

mere

soeur

frere

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