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Original words in PIE come from,

  1. Jan 15, 2010 #1

    Char. Limit

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    Where do the original words
    in PIE come from, and why do languages tend to diverge rather than converge?
     
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  3. Jan 15, 2010 #2

    CRGreathouse

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    Re: Language

    To the first question, we don't know. There are prominent lingusits who have suggested onomatopoeia as the ultimate root for many/most protolanguage roots, but I don't know that that theory is widely accepted.

    On the whole, languages converge by borrowing and diverge by the natural sound changes by language users in different areas. That they diverge more converge suggests that borrowing is less common than sound change. (Of course there are other drivers for both.)
     
  4. Jan 15, 2010 #3

    Char. Limit

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    Re: Language

    But... We know everything about ourselves... I wish at least.

    Thanks for the info.+
     
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