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

From:BP Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Saturday, March 25, 2000, 21:20
At 10:52 25.3.2000 -0800, wayne chevrier wrote:

>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).
Absolutely correct. The Alani (< *aaryaana-, and hence ultimately a cognate of _Iran_) also belonged in this group: in fact Scythians seem to have been a cover term for all the North Iranian speaking peoples, today represented by Ossetian and Iron, both in the Caucasus. /BP "Doubt grows with knowledge" -Goethe