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Indo-European cognates in Non-IE languages

Postby Lucus Eques » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:06 pm

Hey all, here's something bizarre: sample vocabulary from the Tarahumara language of Chihuahua, Mexico:

http://www.native-languages.org/tarahumara_animals.htm

Crow is "korachi" and horse is "kawé" Is that not insanely close to korax and ekwos/equus ?

How can this happen? How is it that the Japanese word for "name" is "onamae" ?
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Re: Indo-European cognates in Non-IE languages

Postby Damoetas » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:49 pm

There will always be chance resemblances between unrelated languages. In fact, it would be statistically remarkable if you didn't occasionally find a similar-sounding word with a similar meaning, just by random chance. Here is an article that investigates it:

http://www.zompist.com/chance.htm
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Re: Indo-European cognates in Non-IE languages

Postby Estoniacus Inoriginale » Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:18 pm

Oooo... alternative...

I think these indeed could be Indo-European... but HOW?
OINOM ANNOM STVDIAVEI DINGVAM LATINAM OREIGENEBOS VARIONS
HANCE SICNATOVRAM VIDETE ET REDITE

ITEM BOLVNTAS BIXET BERITAS BIVAT

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Re: Indo-European cognates in Non-IE languages

Postby annis » Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:05 am

Estoniacus Inoriginale wrote:I think these indeed could be Indo-European... but HOW?


I have no idea about crow, but considering no one in Chihuahua would have had occasion to see a horse until after the Spanish arrived, I trust "kawé" is Indo-European — from Spanish caballo.
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Re: Indo-European cognates in Non-IE languages

Postby Estoniacus Inoriginale » Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:34 am

That certainly makes sense... caballo to kawe.
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HANCE SICNATOVRAM VIDETE ET REDITE

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxc0qxl4Hfk&feature=channel_page&fmt=18
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