10 June 2012

Slavic Lingua Franca

Here's a link to an article by Florin Curta about the development of the Slavic language. Florin is an archaeologist/historian from Romania who now works at an unnamed university in that unnamed state to our south. I spent a day with him once showing him around the High Country. He thought the Appalachians at Banner Elk reminded him of the Carpathians.

Once or twice I have seen him at conferences surrounded by a crowd of scholars who are anxious to talk to him. He has made a name for himself in his field. He has remarkable language skills. He told me he'd learned English by listening to American and English rock music. How he also learned Russian, Polish, German, Italian, Greek, Magyar, etc., he did not say.

But here is the article that I want to read as soon as possible.


At 11 June, 2012 21:16, Anonymous Maire said...

Florin likes to hang with the Irish at Kalamazoo. All the cool scholars, do, really. He's told me about his trip to the mountains 12 years ago. Did you know he know offers a graduate certificate in medieval archaeology? He doesn't speak Irish, though, so he can't do it everything.

At 27 June, 2012 11:42, Blogger Blaine said...

I liked the way that he was figuring where the group originated from by words for trees that were in a region. If native trees used a word that was borrowed from another group, that was not an original area, but if there was a word that seemed to be native to that language then that may be the area of origination.


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