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Re: CHAT: Scythes and Scythians (was: Re: CHAT: Re: Japanese English)

From:wayne chevrier <wachevrier@...>
Date:Saturday, March 25, 2000, 18:52
>From: And Rosta <a.rosta@...> > > >Roger Mills: > > AFAIK there is almost no record of the Scythian language-- perhaps a few > > scattered words in Greek sources. They may or may not have been IE, >Turkic, > > who knows? > >Are they not considered Iranian? My books are always in a different home >from my weekend PC, so I can't check. Oh hang on: I do have Mallory's >_In search of the IEans_ handy, and he says they're Iranian, though a >cursory glance through the text doesn't reveal to me the relevant >authorities or reasons for that identification. > >--And.
According to a book I am reading, the Scythians and Sarmatians spoke a North-Eastern Iranian language, and that its closest living relative is Ossetian, spoken in Caucasia just north of Georgia (although an extinct dialect, Jassic, was spoken in Hungary during the Middle Ages). ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at