have not read all the previous input in this thread. (Pieces here and there,
they are filed and I will get there when I can give them the thought deserved.)
< But> until I see an argument or proof convincing me otherwise:
proto-Romaneste cradle is both banks of the Eastern Danube, and wider: bigger, not
smaller than Romania.
only to the north bank+ Dobrodgea; and west Border by Bulgar and Magyar consolidation
is < no > reason to zero out whatever was here @ 271 AD and “create”
viable scenarios for replacement.
simply does not happen to an area of this size with out distinct historical events
chronicling it. (Not in Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, Scotland…or anywhere
else even in the face of known historical events displacing language.)
boss is does not change who the people are, even when the language is displaced.
suggestion that Roman official presence withdrew to leave an empty void to all manner
of new barbarians until such time as other romance speakers could filter in and
“redominate” with Romance..is a feat of logic and historical magic I
would love to see proven.
premise of a “given” absence of in place components of the current language
course there was input from elsewhere throughout the dark millennium, as well
as before and after.
see here suggests immigration contributed to, influenced, but never erased what
was already here.
of the north bank is not limited to the period of Roman possession; the south
bank had been Latinized and exchanging freely for centuries before and after
that narrow(?) time window of 1.6 + centuries for Dacia 2.
unknown and disputed aspects of “Vlach” does not challenge this.
Hungarian occupation of much of Transylvania did not displace Romaneste even
Hungary demonstrates that even where languages are displaced, the people: are
* A foreign
immigration to replace would not preserve words like : “getbeget” and
other (130 or 200?) pre-Latin regional
known. Home, food, village, hearth, family words..going directly to ethnicity.
* Free Dacians
were labeled opposed to dominated one’s, they were not Live Dacians opposed
to dead ones.
whole replacement scenario is unnecessary and the current situation is (at
least) equally explainable by continuity.
Continuity of populations with input and change is the norm, it is the
alternative that is unusual..
…and bears the burden of proof.
getbeget the opposite of vlach? I dunno J)
only < one > reason to suggest that a rare and even unique scenario impacted
on the Eastern Danube whereby people were replaced after 271AD and new peoples then
much later reintroduced a language similar to a previous one, into an empty void,
< or > new incomers trickling in dominated a third set of scattered “temporary”
languages then in place via others who entered the void, reintroducing a
romance language. These “newcoming samespeakers” then collecting
obscure cultural and folklore traits of the previously deceased inhabitants to
confuse linguists J. That reason is to disclaim
ethnic and linguistic continuity through an historical void. That unlikely set
of results leads to an illogical conclusion which in turn supports only one interest:
(There is no regional continuity predating the Magyar intrusion into Pannonnia,
or the 10th century [take your choice]; which then supports still pressed Hungarian
claims to Transylvania if not the Eastern Danube.)
From: Paul Alesu [mailto:rpales@...]
Sent: Sunday, April 07, 2002 2:24 AM
Subject: [tied] Proto Romanian Cradle
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I want to reopen a subject and I have a question and some notes.
The subject is the “plausible scenario” of proto Romanian
the mountains South (Southwest) of Danube and then the speakers
migrating to today Romania.
The question is have you real proves for this scenario? Has anyone?
Here are some notes:
1. The simple fact of Romanian being a romance language is not proving
for this scenario.
2. After leaving some place, people have some nostalgia that often
generates some customs that are transmitted from generation to
generation. One example is the girl name Dacia that is used today in
Italy, Spain and Americas. While I do not know the story behind this
name, it makes sense that the habit was started by nostalgic Dacians. It
seems that the Romanian customs do not point to anything like that. By
the way, the name Dacia is fairly popular in USA too. Actually,
according to the census, more popular than Valentine.
3. In this scenario Dacians are basically foreigners to proto Romanians
and their ancestors, so there should be some linguistic traits about
this “foreignership”. Something like the English word
“dagger” and the
French “dague” which probably came from the Latin
“daca” that meant
“Dacian knife”. Only foreigners (in relation to Dacians)
could call it
“_Dacian_ knife”. Are you aware of some
“foreignership” traits related
to Dacians in Romanian?
4. A migration, even a slow migration, which according to this scenario
happened not too long ago, something like seven centuries, should be
remembered in folklore. It is not.
5. As this scenario puts it, proto Romanians and their language survived
in the high mountains South and Southwest of Danube protected of Greek
and Roman influence and shielded from barbarians. The same thing could
be accomplished, with no travel at all, in the high Carpatians North of
Danube. No Greek or Roman influence. The migrating barbarians could not
reach them because their big and swift horses, very good in the plains,
were worthless in the mountains.
6. I understand that “no prove” is not equivalent with prove.
the lack of proves should raise some big questions. Does it?
Looking forward for your opinions,
PS. Here is an excerpt from an old message, which generated this
Paul Alesu wrote:
The model by which Romanian speaking population influxed from other
Roman provinces, in my opinion, is as bad as the model by which Romans
and other conquerors destroyed the entire Dacian population.
Piotr Gasiorowski answered:
Why is it so bad, if there is a plausible scenario of what may have
happened? Latin (or rather Proto-East Romance), which was already widely
used as lingua franca in the Balkan provinces, shifted down the social
ladder, as it did in other parts of the Empire. It was adopted by
shepherds and farmers (some of whom may have been descendants of Dacian
refugees), replacing the traditional vernaculars and surviving in a
rural environment. The most favourable place for Proto-Romanian to
emerge would have been the mountainous regions of Moesia Superior and
inland Dalmatia, a convenient distance away from big towns and effective
Byzantine control. The migrations of the Slavs disturbed the ethnic
balance of that area and made the "Vlachs" explore the devastated
of former Roman Dacia, gradually reintroducing their Romance dialects
there. As I have said, residual Latinity may have survived the
successive invasions and continually erupting warfare, but it was
probably absorbed into early Romanian without influencing it