The_discovery_of_Indo - The discovery of Indo-European Some...

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The discovery of Indo-European
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Some important background information 11 th -14 th centuries AD: Conquest of much of southwestern Asia by the Seljuqs, a Turkic people. From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seljuq
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Effects: a. Interruption of the trade routes between South and East Asia and Europe (including the Silk Road and the Monsoon Trade Route) From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road
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b. Attempts by Spain (Columbus, 1492) and Portugal (Vasco da Gama, 1497) to explore alternative trade routes Vasco da Gama’s First Trip (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasco_da_Gama )
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c. Colonialism … Political Map, 1914, with Colonial Empires (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonialism )
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Some Effects of Colonialism 1. Subjugation of most of the world by European powers; racism to justify this 2. Pidgins and Creoles arise in the wake of colonialism 3. European languages spread as vehicles of colonialism 4. Ultimately, English as a World Language 5. Comparative Indo-European Linguistics (Yes, that’s right)
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— British East India Company (chartered 1600 AD) — Administrative judges need to know Arabic/Persian for Muslim inhabitants, Sanskrit for Hindus — Administrative judges had gone to “Grammar School”, learning not just a little Latin and less Greek, but a fair amount — Comparing Sanskrit to Greek and Latin led to ideas about linguistic relationship
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Language families with attested ancestor Latin Italian Spanish French Romanian ‘one’ 7 unus uno un un [ ˆ ö]
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2011 for the course LING 210 taught by Professor Adrianamolina-munoz during the Spring '11 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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