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Re: Bronze age British languages

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 2, 2006, 7:49
staving Jörg Rhiemeier:
>Hallo! > >On Thu, 27 Apr 2006 16:00:30 +0100, Peter Bleackley wrote: > > > staving Jörg Rhiemeier: > > > > [...] > > > > >Theo Vennemann proposed that the languages of Bronze Age Britain were > > >Afro-Asiatic, based on typological similarities which chiefly revolved > > >around VSO word order.
> > 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. > >:) > >I know that tale, but weren't it the ancestors of the *Britons* that came >from Troy according to that legend? But frankly, this is just a tall tale, >probably inspired by the myth that Rome was founded by descendants of >Trojan refugees, without a grain of truth in it.
Indeed, and I was implying that the idea that Bronze Age British languages were Afro-Asiatic was equally likely. ;-)
>And what regards the language of Troy: we don't know, but many scholars >assume that it was an Anatolian IE language closely related to Hittite. >Thre are other suggestions, though (such as that their language was >related to Etruscan).
Isn't there an inscription on a mountain pass somewhere, commemorating an allince between Troy and some other power? What language is that in? (Presumably the language of the ally, rather than Troy itself). Pete