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Re: con-Indo-Iranian (was: Re: Judean-Sanskrit/Bantu/Austronesian?)

From:BP.Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Saturday, January 23, 1999, 23:04
At 10:41 on 23.1.1999, Vladimir Vysotskii wrote:

> BP.Jonsson wrote: > >In fact I have recently been playing around with the idea that a group of > >Alani or Sarmatians -- speakers of "Scythian" north Iranian languages north > >of the black sea, before Goths and Slavs coming from the north and Turks > >and Mongols coming from the east ousted them -- had survived somewhere. > > I'm sure you remember that Alans did survive in the Notherth Caucasus and > are now called Ossetians. Here's a sample of their beautiful language (in > my ad-hoc transliteration):
According to my source (the article in "Compendium Linguarum Iranicarum") the modern Ossetian language is descended from a closely related but not identical dialect having some eastern features, notably Old Iranian *aaj > /i/ rather than /aa/, *rj > /r/ rather than /l/ and *aa > /o/ rather than /aa/, as evidenced by "iron" vs. "alan". Thanks for the sample of the language, which is beautiful indeed! I also like the old Cyrillic ortography of Iron... B-P> PS: are you on a Mac? I seem to have received all your special letters correct! :) B.Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> ---------------------------------------------------- Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)