jeudi 24 mars 2016
Was Proto-Indo-European a Historic Language, like ... Hittite, Imperial Language relevant for Greece and Linear A Crete?
This would of course do away with the unfortunate chronological implications of putting Proto-Indo-European back in 4000 BC (pre-Flood, if not pre-Creation : and the pre-Flood language surviving to post-Flood pre-Babel was presumably Hebrew, though Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich would perhaps have favoured Proto-Indo-European).
Now, why is it important that Hittite is not just an Imperial language relevant for Greek (one famous and early attested Indo-European language), but also for Crete with its pre-Greek language spelled in linear A syllabary?
Because, it seems that linear A is (at least according to one recent analysis) an example of a language representing the second oldest non-Hittite Indo-European language or language group : Vedic Sanskrit or rather perhaps Aryan (Indo-Persian) as a whole. Like if Mount Ida was really "Mount Indra" - from times when the Pagan deity "Zeus" (whether he lived as a man or not) was simply a thundergod, like Hindoo "Indra".
So, if Hittite was indeed imperial language relevant for both Greece and Crete (it is certain Troy was part of Hittite Empire, and Wilusha/Tarwusha seem to be Hittite for Ilion and Troy ... it is not totally unlikely that Lykian spoken around Troy has some connection to Germanic, at least they share "a common sound shift"), this could in a time before Greeks and proto-Aryans (in this view Kaphthorim before Madan, and Aryan as in Indo-Persian) had as yet any linguistic patriotism have led to Iavan and Kaphthorim taking over many of the language traits of the Nesili speakers.
Now, if this were so, one could expect common innovations in non-Hittite Indo-European languages. Any trait of Hittite (as in Nesili) differring from other Indo-European languages would then not mean that Hittite innovated, but that all the rest innovated.
And that is what you could expect from another hypothesis too. Namely the Indo-Hittite Hypothesis.
See this little work of some handy 143 pages (no, not very much text, just lots of diagram taking most of the place on the page, so it is like a blackboard written over - legibly - 143 times):
The Indo-Hittite hypothesis: methods and arguments
= short link = ppt.li/3c1 (three cee one)
If you have a FB account and any kind of position which you can in any way describe as academic, you can get an account on academia.edu and from then on access this eminent little paper.
I will congratulate Alwin Kloekhorst as soon as I can first finish this essay and then link to it in a comment.
Hans Georg Lundahl
Nanterre University Library