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Re: Bronze age British languages

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Thursday, April 27, 2006, 15:00
staving Jörg Rhiemeier:
>Hallo! > >On Thu, 27 Apr 2006 11:33:02 +0100, Peter Bleackley wrote: > > > Our recent discussion of Celtic languages has established that the word > > order VSO is peculiar to Insular Celtic languages, while Continental > Celtic > > languages are typically SOV. This suggests that prior to adopting the use > > of Celtic languages, the British may have spoken VSO languages, and > adapted > > the Celtic language to the syntax they were used to. > >This is at least possible. > > > Do we have any other > > evidence of what these languages may have been like - for example, are > > there words found in Insular Celtic that do not have cognates in other IE > > languages? > >Theo Vennemann proposed that the languages of Bronze Age Britain were >Afro-Asiatic, based on typological similarities which chiefly revolved >around VSO word order. But VSO word order isn't all that rare, and many >of the similarities between Insular Celtic and Afro-Asiatic (which, BTW, >is not VSO in its entirety, only the northern group consisting of Semitic, >Egyptian and Berber) seem to be general typological correlates of VSO order >found in VSO languages all around the world.
Presumably this Afro-Asiatic language was Trojan, spoken by Brutus and his followers when they arrived in Britain after the fall of Troy, and defeated the giants Gog and Magog. Pete