The Aryans (again); 19th century discourse.
naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 6 14:18:49 EST 1999
Often times, Imitation Verbatim is the best form of flattery.
Sn. Subrahmanya writes:
I am sorry, Mr. Ganesan. I should have said "some" Europeans
or Dravida Kazhagam ideologues.
Wrote in haste, please forgive me for missing "some".
I can understand your nonpolitical thoughts. Thank you.
At 08:58 AM 1/5/99 PST, N. Ganesan wrote:
>Sn. Subrahmanya writes:
>>Realizing that there is no racial evidence,Mr.Andronov wants us to
>> believe a strong native tradition was overshadowed by a few
>> nomadic migrants, who then managed to impose their language and
>> religion over a overwhelming majority by recruiting from
>>the native population !!.
>>Just like their European descendants of today, I presume ? -
>>This is classic European supremacist nonsense that has to be avoided.
> (The last statement is higly racist.)
> Note that Andronov has explained this a full three decades
> before Indigenous Aryans started fighting with Mueller
> dead for a 100 years.
> Languages spread by elite dominance strategy. Look at
> Spanish spreading as "prestige" language in Latin America.
> Indo-Europeans have been successful in spreading their
> IE language on native populations. Hittites, Greeks, Celts
> did spread their language on the natives. The Aryans did the same
> For a start of the substratum influence:
> a) A. F. Sjoberg, The Dravidian contribution to the
> Development of Indian Civilization: A call for a
> Comparative Civilizations Review, v.23, p.40-74, 1990
> b) A. F. Sjoberg, The impact of Dravidian on Indo-Aryan:
> An overview,
> in Edgar C. Polome, Reconstruction of Languages and Cultures,
> 1992, p. 507-529
> c) J. C. von Munkwitz-Smith, Substratum influence in
> Indo-Aryan grammar, PhD dissertation, 1995, U. Minnesota.
> Studies on bilingualism, pidginization, languistic cahnge,
> IA retroflexion, Indian place names, linguistic masks
> for power and internal colonialism are relevent too.
> Hope in the near future, linguists take up the study
> of how linguistic change to IA was done.
> N. Ganesan
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