10 Facts About Indo-European studies


Indo-European studies is a field of linguistics and an interdisciplinary field of study dealing with Indo-European languages, both current and extinct.

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The goal of those engaged in these studies is to amass information about the hypothetical proto-language from which all of these languages are descended, a language dubbed Proto-Indo-European, and its speakers, the Proto-Indo-Europeans, including their society and Proto-Indo-European mythology.

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The Indo-European studies cover where the language originated and how it spread.

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Indo-European studies identified Greek, Germanic, Romance and Slavic language groups by comparing the word for "God" in various European languages.

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Indo-European studies published his work in 1707, shortly after translating a study by Paul-Yves Pezron on Breton.

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Indo-European studies included in its descendants Dutch, German, Latin, Greek, and Persian, and his posthumously published Originum Gallicarum liber of 1654 added Slavic, Celtic and Baltic.

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Indo-European studies related European languages to Indo-Iranian languages .

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Concept of actually reconstructing an Indo-European studies proto-language was suggested by William Wotton in 1713, while showing, among others, that Icelandic, the Romance languages and Greek were related.

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Indo-European studies was in doubt about Old Irish, eventually concluding that it did not belong with the others, and further decided that Finnish and Hungarian were related but in a different family, and that "Greenlandic" represented yet a third.

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Arvidsson considers Indo-European studies to be a pseudoscientific field, and has described Indo-European mythology as "the most sinister mythology of modern times".

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