Re: R: Shelta, Polari, and my project "Nadsat 2000"
|From:||Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>|
|Date:||Monday, July 17, 2000, 22:24|
> Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 18:54:15 +0200
> From: Mangiat <mangiat@...>
> D. Wier wrote:
> > (For the record, Etruscan is considered by some to be a possibly
> > Nostratic offspring, but is not generally identified as a relative of
> > Basque, Pictish or Aquitanian.)
> *Really interesting : - )
A late followup, but I didn't have time to answer Danny's original
message. I found an old posting from the Nostratic list, which I'll
just quote instead of trying to summarize:
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Miguel Carrasquer Vidal)
Subject: Re: Neolithic and Nostratic
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>> ...that would be significant. Suppose IE were closest to Uralic, then
>> that would favour the S.Russian hypothesis, while, say, an
>> IE-Kartvelian subgroup of Nostratic would be much to Renfrew's liking.
> I can see close IE-Uralic connections (linguistically speaking)
>but I don't understand the other suggestions of IE-Etruscan connections
>or IE-Kartvelian connections. What linguistic evidence would suggest IE
>has closer ties with THOSE language groups? (ex: Uralic at least has
>pronominal suffixes like IE, but Etruscan conjugates a verb with seperate
Nobody really knows how Etruscan conjugated its verbs (all we know is
that 3rd.p. sg. apparently was like 3rd.p. pl. [as in Lithuanian, I
might add]; there is little evidence for other persons, although it
has been suggested that -(u)n may be a 1st.p. sg. ending: inpa
thapicun "which I curse[d]" [Hitt. 1st.p.sg. praet. -un].
There is plenty of grammatical evidence that Etruscan is very close to
IE (without it *being* IE, though):
gen. -s (< *-si)
gen. -l (< *-la), as in Hittite pronominal decl.
acc. [pronouns only] -n
ptc.pf.act. -thas(a), -anas(a) [cf. IE prc.pf.pass. *-to-, *-no-]
1st.p.pronoun: mi (acc. mini, mene)
demonstr. pronouns: ika-, ita- (Hitt. kas, IE *to-)
postfixed conjunction ("and"): -c, -m (IE *-kwe, Hitt. -ma)
There is also a reasonable amount of lexical evidence (given the
little we know about the Etruscan lexicon).
There is no doubt in my mind that Etruscan, fragmentary and little
known as it is, is the closest relative we have of IE.
As to IE and Kartvelian, I wasn't seriously suggesting a close
connection. But it has long been noted that the systems of ablaut in
IE and Kartvelian are very similar indeed. I am not aware of any
lexical or morphological evidence (apart from the old chestnut Geo.
mk'erdi "breast" ~ IE *kerd- "heart", and a few coincidences in the
declensions, which for all I know [which isn't much when it comes to
Kartvelian historical morphology] may be just that, coincidences: Geo.
gen. -is, ins. -it, abl. -dan [IE *-s, -it [Hitt.], *-d]).
Miguel Carrasquer Vidal
Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)