How widespread across language families is the root, krt, meaning cut/short?
This root is prevalent across the Indo-European and Semitic language families. It may have spread across languages like technical terms today. But, to do so meant there was a point of contact between those languages. This root seems old enough to have spread before writing developed.
Indo-European: Webster gives the etymology of short as “[Middle English, from Old English sceort; akin to Old High German scurz short, Old Norse skortr lack].” (Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). (Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. Eleventh ed.) In modern German kurtz means short. In Spanish cortar means to cut and corto means short. In Latin curtus means mutilated (cut). In Sanskrit kartayati means cut and kridhu4 means shortened.
Semitic: In Hebrew כָּרַת (karat) means cut. In Akkadian cuneiform karātu means cut and karû means short.
With this root showing up in Sanskrit and Akkadian, the connection may be before written language. What other language families does this root show up in? Ancient languages of other language families is a plus.
Note: the connection between between some Indo-European languages and Semitic languages is obvious. Greek got it's alphabet from Phoenician. We know it's Phoenician because that is where many of the Greek letter names mean something.
Earlier were the Babylonian (Akkadian language) and Hittite Empires. Indo-European languages were widespread around the Semitic languages.