October 29, 2017

North-West Indo-European

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North-West Indo-European
by Carlos Quiles and Fernando López-Menchero
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

Based on a work at oldeuropean.org

This monograph is an evolving collection of papers relevant to the reconstruction of the language of a close community of speakers, demonstrated by recent genetic studies to be related to the peoples that expanded with the Yamna culture into central Europe, its transformation into the East Bell Beaker culture, and its subsequent expansion into central, west and northern Europe.

What was initially described by Krahe as an Old European community based on studies of European hydronymy, and what was described through comparative grammar as a North-West Indo-European group of dialects – sharing common lexical and grammatical traits –, is now more clearly defined as an ancient Indo-European proto-language that expanded at least twice from two small regions during the third millennium: from the North Pontic steppe to the Carpathian basin in the first half, and from the Danube to the rest of Europe in the second half.

Its definition and reconstruction is important not only for the reconstruction and classification of European languages that derive from this parent language, but for a better definition of Graeco-Aryan proto-languages, and of the parent Late Proto-Indo-European language.

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Read the latest version, bookmarked and linked, with proper illustrations, at the official, collaborative website oldeuropean.org.

Included with the monograph is a recording of Schleicher’s fable“>Schleicher’s fable in North-West Indo-European. While there are certain issues with the reconstruction (some of them commented in the monograph), this rendition is a fairly good example of how the proto-language must have sounded like. You have the video with subtitles in many different languages in Youtube and in Facebook, and as audio at SoundCloud.

(Select your preferred subtitles from the right bottom corner of this viewer)

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