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  • I wonder how languages diffused through Europe. I read that according to the Nomadic Warrior Theses, the first Proto-Indo-European speakers were Kurgan people.
  • We lived near what you call Russia and Kazakhstan. As we traveled westward we took our language with us
  • I think something else happened,. I believe that the first speakers of the Proto-Indo-European languages originated in present day Anatolia
  • We lived in where you call Turkey in 6700BC. Our language moved westward to Greece and then even more westward toward Italy, Sicily, Corsica, and the Mediterranean coast.
  • We would migrate to northern France and on to the British Isles, bringing the language us.
  • So how did the superfamilies evolve into the present language families.
  • Over time these would evolve into the 16 main language families including, Sino-Tibetian, Indo-European, Afro-Asiatic, Austronesian, Austro-Asiatic, Tai Kadai, Japanese, Korean, Altalic, Uralic, Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Hmong, Quechang, Guarani, and Khosian.
  • Well, the three main superfamilies that present day families evolved from are Sino-Caucasian, Nostratic, and Austric.
  • So how did the language families separate into the present day languages.
  • Well, the language families first separated out into language branches. For example, the Indo-European language family is separated into eight main branches, Anatolian, Indo-Iranian, Greek, Italic, Celtic, Germanic, Armenian, Tocharian, Balto-Slavic and Albanian
  • Language Branches are then separated into different languages. For example, take the Germanic language branch. It is separated into North and West Germanic languages. The North Germanic branch includes languages such as Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish.
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