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Post by annis » Tue May 20, 2008 12:56 am

Bert wrote:The way I recall, Greek and Russian were lone sisters. This family tree I found in a (borrowed) book put out by a languages museum.
Interesting. I've never heard of them being thought particularly close, but it wouldn't surprise me if they were once thought so.

I just ran across a much more spectacular tree here: Language-tree divergence times support the Anatolian theory of Indo-European origin — on the third page.

And then: not a tree.
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Post by Bert » Tue May 20, 2008 1:00 am

annis wrote:
Bert wrote:The way I recall, Greek and Russian were lone sisters. This family tree I found in a (borrowed) book put out by a languages museum.
Interesting. I've never heard of them being thought particularly close, but it wouldn't surprise me if they were once thought so.
The shape of the letters sure have similarities.

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Post by annis » Tue May 20, 2008 1:05 am

Bert wrote:The shape of the letters sure have similarities.
Ooh, absolutely the Cyrillic alphabet is a Greek inspiration, and the Byzantine Greeks were a significant cultural influence in many Slavic areas. The languages are pretty distant, though.
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Post by Bert » Tue May 20, 2008 1:46 am

We are getting a bit off-topic here but does anyone know what the name of the hockey player Anthropov (who I think is Russian (?)) means? Is it actually a Russian word? It sure looks like a Greek word.

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