Yaroslav V. Vassilkov yavass at YV1041.SPB.EDU
Tue May 12 18:14:58 UTC 1998

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal wrote:

<"Altaic peoples" in the Ukraine 4000-3500 BC?  Impossible.

<The first signs of r-Turkic tribes (Huns, Xiongnu) moving into the
<Eastern steppe are from the last centuries BC.  Before that, there is
<abundant and overwhelming evidence (e.g. written records in
<Khwarezmian, Sogdian, Saka (Khotanese), Scytho-Sarmatian and
<Bactrian, borrowings into Finno-Ugrian and Slavic lgs., etc.) that
<the steppe (both Eastern and Western) was inhabited by Iranian

        Not only by Iranian. In the languages of the Volga and Permian Finns
(Mordovian, Mari/Cheremis, Udmurt/Votyak and Komi) there are many loanwords
from Indo-Iranian and Proto-Indo-Aryan languages. They coincide with evident
loans in the fields of mythology and ritual. This contacts can be dated by
3rd - 2nd mill. B.C. In Indo-Aryan there are, on the other hand, some
borrowings from Proto-Uralic (dated by the Neolithic period). I could
give examples but I am sure that no reasonable arguments, no proven facts
can make the protagonists of the "India as homeland of all mankind" theory
change their opinion and betray their holy cause.

                                Yaroslav Vassilkov

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