Showing posts with label Germanic origins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Germanic origins. Show all posts

19 July 2011

Historical linguistics and the origin of the Finns: The debate between ‘traditionalists’ and ‘revolutionaries’

Published by Kenneth S. Doig

written by Dr. Angela Marcantonio

1. The traditional Uralic theory and modern research
In the last couple of decades there have been in Finland as well as abroad a number of publications, in several fields of science, such as linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, genetics, which, one way or the other, all question what one can call ‘the standard, traditional Uralic (U) theory’ about the origin of the Finns and their language. Compare for example the following works in fields outside linguistics: Dolukhanov (2000a & b); Julku and Äärelä (eds,1997), Julku (2000); Niskanen ( 2000) and Nuñez (1987); see also the article ‘Palaeontology: science or fiction?’ in this volume for further references.

14 July 2011

Where do the words Anglo-Saxon, English and England come from?

Published by K.S.Doig

The words ‘English’ and ‘England’ come from the Anglo-Saxon peoples. The Anglo-Saxons were not a single people, and may not have been even a formal confederation originally. primarily made up of Jutes from Jutland where they are still called Jutes in that area, the Engle or Angles from Angeln in Denmark, also called the ‘Anglii’ (Latin for Engle,) by the Roman historian Tacitus, and the Seax, named after the formidable fighting knife of the same name, who came from Saxony Elbe-Weser region in Germany. Smaller number of Frisians came from the small islands in the North Sea.There were also Jutes from the lower Rhineland, and Swabians, Franks and Alamanni. However the Anglian and Saxon tribes were the most prominent. These tribes called the Anglii-Saxones by Paul The Deacon to cover a single ‘insular Germanic’ identity, or Saxons (after the dominant tribe,) for short in more modern times. They were a formidable set of three North Sea Germanic tribes.

09 May 2011

Some interesting theories on Odin´s/Woden´s origin and if whether he was an historic person

by Kenneth S. Doig

It appears that whoever wrote this  does not know too much about Germanic and North-Germanic (NGmc) phonology or historical phonology. He keeps stating that ancient people, like to Romans and others recored people with the name Odin, for one exanple. Linguist have been in complete agreement that the name Odin, Oðinn, Othon or whatever and any Norse/NGmc form of Oden/Odin without the initial W is descended from the earlier Proto-Germanic (PGmc) word, *Wodenaz, *Wōđanaz or similar form, but it started with the sound W.  This loss of the W-sound occurred around 600AD. But taht said, the article has some other good theories and is intersting.
K.S. Doig
 Loss of initial /j/ (see "year" above), and also of /w/ before a round vowel. Our form from OE, "Woden", soundwise is closer to the original word than is Odin.
 Was Odin a genuine human being?

04 May 2011

A somehwat differing opinion from mine

Ancient persian soldier, an
ancient sculpture made in
ancient Persia by Persians.
This man has a typical
western-european face
of the nordic type. He
doesn't look typical of
the majority of the modern
Persians, even though,
there is a sizable majority
to this day of nordic or
partly nordic iranians.
ancient persians, they certainly look far more
northern european than the vast majority of iranians

by Kenneth S. Doig

I tend to believe that the very earliest proto-indo-europeans (long before their departure from their homeland in the area of the Pontic Steppes, north of the Black and Caspian Seas) were olive-skinned, dark-eyed and dark-haired dolichocephalic whites, of one or many varieties of the mediterranoid race/s that over centuries migrated to and coalesced into one ethnic group,certainly linguistically and culturally and probably racially. The more northerly latitudes, of the aforementioned areas, as far north as 55 degrees, same latitude as southern Sweden or Alaska with less direct sunlight, fewer sunny days due to cloudy, rainy, snowy weather, long, frigid winters which over many centuries cause these dark-whites of  mediterranoid racial types to become to lose melanin and become depigmented. These lighter types of the group probably became to be considered a hallmark of the group, found essentially only in the early proto-indo-european tribes. This

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