August 29 - August 29, 2007 Indo-European (IE) Hypothesis o...

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August 29, 2007 Indo-European (IE) Hypothesis o Spread by war o Synchronic relationships explained diachronically o Grammar – more structure of sentences/speech o Divergence marked by similarities o Beware of false positives and use totally unrelated languages as a control o Other evidence DNA Social institutions (sacred kinship, Norsema?) IE Migrations o Don’t take over large empires (Egypt) but spread out o Last wave in 2000 BC (reach Greece/Italy) o Go to lecture outline IE Culture o Horse/chariot = military superiority o 3 classes (king-priest-common) Nuclear family o Religion Unity of thought across world Similar gods (Zeus/Jupiter) Horse sacrifice (Iran to Greece) Sacred poetry (Virgil, Iliad, Odyssey, rhythmic structure, etc.) Similar themes (ex: cattle raids) Genres – praise, blame, epics, hymns Greek/Roman religion is offshoot of IE Religion Problems with IE o Many bias o Time that hypothesis was made by Brits/Germans – WWII
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course CLT 3371 taught by Professor Marks during the Fall '07 term at University of Florida.

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