Saturday, 11 August 2012


India recognizes Sanskrit as the mother of all Indian languages. In Europe, Proto-Indo-European (PIE) was constructed with the assumption that there must have been a common language which was spoken in antiquity in the European region. Given the closeness that they found between Sanskrit, Greek and Latin, and enamored by the richness of Sanskrit and its extremely refined grammar,  they also threw in Sanskrit into the same group.

Cognates with similar meanings from European languages and Sanskrit were clubbed into PIE, grammatically re-arranged in a pattern similar to Sanskrit ('root word' and 'derivatives'), and named Proto-Indo-European (PIE).

Then a theory was put forth that PIE was the mother of all Indo-European languages. Including Sanskrit!

Like Proto-Indo-European (PIE), Proto-Amerind, a reconstructed mother language of a group of Native American languages (of North America) has also been constructed.

Now take a look at this. In their paper "Linguistic Origins of Native American Languages"* in the Scientific American Journal dated November 1992, Joseph H. Greenberg and Meritt Ruhlen write about Proto-Amerind and say , "...... the root word "tana" (son) and "tuna" (daughter) ...not only ties Amerind together but also distinguishes Amerind from other language families. It (the root word 'tana' & 'tuna'), as linguists say, is an exclusive innovation of the Amerind language".

Not so. A glance at basic Sanskrit tells us that 'tana' and 'tuna' are not at all exclusive to Proto-Amerind. In fact they are identical with Sanskrit. In Sanskrit 'tana' is body. Everything that is related to the 'body' starts with the prefix 'tana'. For example:

tana        (तन)       body
tanay      (तनय)    son, child, propogated from the body,                                      offspring, race, posterity
tanuja    (तनूजा)  daughter, born of the body, {'Ja' as in                                       'Janma'}.

This in-fact proves the reverse. That Sanskrit is not only closely related if not the mother of all European Languages, it might also be related to at least a group of Native American Languages. After all historians do say that Asians & Siberians migrated into America 30,000 years back via the Bering Strait.

Did the ancient Asian immigrants take Sanskrit along with them to the Americas? Where does that leave PIE?

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