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Where did the Aryan branch of the Indo-Aryan language family come from? What is the Indo-Aryan Proto language?

Historians and scholars get themselves tied in knots here.

I will show you why.

Historians and scholars state that Aryan/Iranian is a language evolved from India 2000 BC. 

Indo-Aryan, later got shortened to just Aryan.

"Historical linguists broadly estimate that a continuum of Indo-Iranian languages probably began to diverge by 2000 BC, if not earlier,[14]:38–39 preceding both the Vedic and Iranian cultures. The earliest recorded forms of these languages, Vedic Sanskrit and Gathic Avestan, are remarkably similar, descended from the common Proto-Indo-Iranian language. The origin and earliest relationship between the Nuristani languages and that of the Iranian and Indo-Aryan groups is not completely clear.".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Iranians#Origin .

However they do admit that the language was from a Proto language.

One of their main theories is "Gathic", which is an old Iranian/Aryan (Iranian means Aryan) language.

"The language of the Gathas, Gathic or Old Avestan, belongs to the old Iranian language group ".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gathas#Language .


So, do you see, at the sametime as trying to state that Iranian evolved from Indo-Aryan in the Indian peninsula, and that the word later got shortened to just Aryan, then go on to suggest that the Proto language Indo-Aryan evolved from, might have been old Iranian? 

So, what was the Proto language?

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2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    "Historians and scholars get themselves tied in knots here.

    I will show you why."

    Wow, you mean all along that a wiki-obsessed troll had the answers that thousands of people who spent a good deal of their lives studying the subject had not been able to find?


  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It's like Basque and Korean put together. Jai Alai Kimchi!

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