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Desc:Got milk, from Ireland to Mumbai
Category:Educational, Science & Technology
Tags:Milk, mutant children, Kurgan, proto-indo-european
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Bort - 2017-03-06
There's another video that points out the carriers of PIE didn't conquer and replace the various indigenous peoples they spread their language to, which makes sense when you notice that Irishmen and Indians don't look the same. So to me this is sort of a tricky deal. Let's say your group of lactose-tolerating herders visits the Indus Valley ... all it takes is a couple intermarriages for your mutations make it into the local gene pool, that's unsurprising. But your language also manages to spread, and that means you need to be a huge cultural influence for probably several generations. So ... wealth (cattle) and a trading culture, where it was in the indigenous people's interests to learn PIE?

There are doubtless people who can talk about leading theories and the evidence supporting each, but I just got up to pee and can't be assed to do that much research.
cognitivedissonance - 2017-03-06
Probably the other way around. PIE's linguistic influence can be tracked based on shared nouns for universal objects. Words for "tree" are going to be fairly easy to track no matter where the language goes, but words for specific types of tree have to be invented based on where settlement lands. The further out you go west from the Aryan diaspora, the less PIE declined words there are.

That said, PIE is not an exact indicator. It's usually best used in conjunction with mythological constructs as well. You can track direct translation of the Sky Father character no matter where you go in Northern Europe, tied to foundational myths of Shiva. You can then also get really nuts and connect Christ to Krishna but that's some Blavatsky shit.

Bort - 2017-03-06
So more of a billiard ball thing, where the Kurgans (or whoever) got their immediate neighbors hooked on milk and PIE, and those neighbors got their neighbors hooked on milk and PIE, and so on?

cognitivedissonance - 2017-03-07
I was studying linguistics in college until they made me take a Shakespeare course and halfway through the Histories I had a breakdown and changed my major to art. The school treated linguistics as an offshoot of literature, not its own science.

Maggot Brain - 2017-03-06
Man, I can go for some horse milk right about now.
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