Re: Made some progress...
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, July 8, 2002, 11:50|
Christophe Grandsire scripsit:
> Makes me think of "Tocharian" (which makes me wonder: what is the origin of the
> name "Tocharian" for those Eastern IE languages?).
On the basis of references in Old Turkic manuscripts to
the speakers of this language as the "Twghry," (pronounced
/toxri/) these people were identified as the Tocharoi, a
tribe mentioned in classical Greek writings as having lived
in Bactria (eastern Iran and Afghanistan) in the second
century A.D. Thus, the language was called Tocharian [....]
Although it is customarily pronounced /tokarian/ by English
speakers, a more correct pronunciation is /toxarian/. [...]
Whether or not the speakers of these dialects were truly
the Tocharoi is open to debate. [...] Attempts to
positively identify the Tocharians have thus far proved
unsuccessful. However, the name of the language stuck and
has survived to this day in the literature on the subject.
This is a very interesting short article, BTW, which would certainly
belong in the Conlang Journal except for the unfortunate fact that
its contents are true....
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan email@example.com
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they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful. --The Hobbit