Re: Ice age, plate tectonics and PIE

From: S.Kalyanaraman
Message: 19747
Date: 2003-03-13

--- In, "tgpedersen" <tgpedersen@...>
wrote:> Anyway, catastrophy or not, as I gather from the text, after
about > two thousand years, salination of the Black Sea is complete
and, I > surmise, present anoxic conditions ensue. Now this means
that > fishing, if any, as a stable dietary source collapses. Famine
and > emigration, at the right time for IE languages to disperse.
Now this > scenario hinges on PIE speakers getting a large
percentage of diet > from fishing. What is the linguistic evidence
for PIE fishing?

The question is did the PIE speakers split as early as 5000 BCE.

"Little but knowledge and skill could be rescued. Ryan and Pitman
believe that the Semites and Ubaids fled southward to the Levant and
Mesopotamia; the Kartvelians retreated to the Caucasus; the LBK
dashed across Europe, leapfrogging from one site to the next,
pushing ahead their frontier for reasons never adequately explained;
the Vinca retreated upstream to the enclosed valley of the Hungarian
plain. Others went to the Adriatic and the islands of the Aegean.
Some refugees migrated into the heartland of Eurasia via the Don.
Still others used the Volga as access to the distant steppes of the
southern Ural Mountains. In due course the Indo-Europeans soon
occupied an arc extending from the Adriatic, western Europe, and the
Balkans across Ukraine to the Caspian Sea." William Ryan and Walter
Pitman, Noah's Flood, (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998), p. 213.

One method of catching fish attested in Santali is:

ber. 'catching fish by throwing nets from allsides, or surrounding
them by stake nets' (Santali) besta 'fisherman' (Kannada. Telugu)

paravan 'inhabitants of a maritime tract, fishing tribes' (Tamil);
paravan 'dwellers on the seacoast' (Malayalam). Burrow and Emeneau
link this with Sanskrit bharata 'mountaineer'.