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Desc:Boston cabbie explains that Lithuanian, of all things, is the closest thing to Proto Indo European
Category:Educational, Science & Technology
Tags:lithuania, Proto Indo European
Submitted:Bort
Date:01/16/16
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Miss Henson's 6th grade class
Okay, but how do you say "Yankees suck!" in Lithuanian!
EvilHomer
Yankees čiulpia

Miss Henson's 6th grade class
Perfect for chanting

SolRo
Sorry, but Venusian Ukranians have you beat by a bit.

http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=137509
That guy
guy has old-time style
I have no idea if he knows what he's talking about, but he probably doesn't yell at kids for no reason.
Bort
As far as I can tell, he's right that Lithuanian seems to have diverged less from PIE than any existing language today. If Prussian were still in existence (the last speakers died out a few hundred years ago), that might be closer, but beyond that there's no competition that I'm aware of.

The Kurgan hypothesis holds that it was the Kurgan people, whoever they were -- yes the bad guy from "Highlander" -- were the ones who spread PIE around. There, now you can tell people that "Highlander" is a documentary.

That guy
...like I don't already.

Hazelnut
The Kurgan hypothesis is really really iffy. Just sayin.

Bort
If the Kurgan hypothesis weren't true, then how did it work out that the bad guy in "Highlander" was the Kurgan and not somebody else? I rest my case.

Miss Henson's 6th grade class
Perfect for chanting.
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