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Re: Is language cyclic?

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Friday, June 21, 2002, 16:43
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> > That leads me to another question. How old do linguists think PIE is? > > (Check how much green stuff is growing on it. Sorry, I had to say > > that.) > > > >I've read figures going from 5000 to 8000 years old for the "oldest" form >reconstructed. Needless to say it's not something easy to know, since we >don't >have any archeological evidence that would allow a datation. The >comparative >method reconstructs a possible ancestor of the language compared, but it >cannot >say anything about the age of the reconstruction (indeed, it often >reconstructs >structures that didn't ever cohabit but are of different ages and formed >and >disappeared at different times). >
Mycenaean Greek and Hettite are attested well back in the second millennium BC - obviously the PIE stage must've occured before this. So we have a pretty certain lower limit. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ MSN Photos is the easiest way to share and print your photos:


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>