12 thoughts on “Episode 2: The Indo-European Discovery

  1. Hi, one question: if the word for “sky father” exists in Sanskrit (I forgot what it was), which god does it correspond to in Hinduism? Hinduism has very different gods from ancient Greek/Roman religions, so maybe this word comes from the religion of the proto-Indo-European speakers, not from Hinduism?

  2. I’m not sure if I understood you right, but did you say Tuesday is one of our FIVE days of a week? What happened to the other 2?

    • Wait – there are more than five days? 😉 The episode is about five years old, so to be honest, I have no idea what I was referring to. I could have been thinking about the five days of the work week, or the five days that are named after gods. But I probably misspoke while I was improvising part of the episode (which I tended to do in the earlier episodes.)

      • I have learnt quite recently that the Finns name Wednesday as “the middle of the week”. I have known all my adult life that Finnish is nor an Indo European language yet I can hear five of our days of the week in the names they use. Even the word “viko” itself

    • Hi Conor. My version of Chrome will download the files without any problem. I have not received any feedback from any other listeners having a problem with Chrome. My only guess is that it is a problem on your end. Have you tried to download an mp3 from any other sites?

  3. The term ‘Aryan’ was not discarded by Linguists as you state. “Indo-Aryan” is one of the major branches of the Indo-European family.

    • It was once common to refer to the Proto-Indo-European language itself as the “Aryan language,” and that term has definitely fallen out of use in favor of “Indo-European.” You are correct that some linguists still use the term as part of the name of a specific branch called “Indo-Aryan,” but in my experience that term has also been largely replaced with term “Indic” languages. I am curious how many modern linguists still use the term “Indo-Aryan.” Most of my sources just use “Indic.”

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