Phonological similarities between Zazaki and Indo-European

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I have nothing extra to add to this, but I noticed yesterday that the Wikipedia page on Zazaki has an unexpectedly large amount of information comparing the phonology of Indo-European with Zazaki, Avestan and Persian. Avestan is phonologically closer to Indo-European but it's also long extinct, whereas Zazaki is still spoken in eastern Turkey by a few million people and it seems to be phonologically closer to Indo-European than Persian.

Here's one of the examples found there: wolf is PIE wl̥kʷo-, Avestan vēhrke-, Zazaki varg, and finally Persian gorg (گرگ).

Also rain: PIE awer-, Avestan vār-, Zazaki vārān, and Persian bārān (باران).

3 comments:

lyzazel said...

Just of out interest:

Wolk Lithuanian vilkas.
Rain Lithuanian lietus.

1/2, huh?

cafaristeir said...

And Sambahsa:
varg = wolf
vârân = vehrs

cafaristeir said...

And Sambahsa:
varg = wolf
vârân = vehrs

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