Re: [tied] Re: for Alvin

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 14388
Date: 2002-08-19

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From: tgpedersen
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 5:57 PM
Subject: [tied] Re: for Alvin

> Oh. I thought from an earlier reference that both Albanian and Romanian were derived (with more or less Latin admixture) from Daco-Mysian which I placed for some reason in southern Romania.
Nope. Romanian derives from Latin (just like all the other Romance languages) and Albanian derives from an unknown Satem ancestor hypothetically related to Dacian (that's my view, at least). What links the two is not a common ancestor but this criss-cross diffusion pattern: Romanian contains a lexical substrate (perhaps about 50 words) with Albanian affinities, while the much denser Latin substrate in Albanian shows the distinctive traits of the variety of Latin ancestral to Romanian (and Dalmatian).