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Cintia, depois que eu leio suas mensagens, eu suponho que você é um brasileira. Eu nunca estive lá, mas eu espero visitar logo seu país bonito!

I do have some comments to your posts.

I have never been to Giza, but I have visited Chichen Itza. My wife and I have two passions -- archaeology and scuba diving -- so we try to go to places where we can do both at the same time!

You are right, it is a lovely place, but I have not heard the sounds you mention. Perhaps it is because you need a certain wind to make the sounds.

You say: “I do not agree because here we are talking about this great subject and the language here in Brazil is Portuguese. English and Portuguese are languages totally differents.”

But that is not true. My language is Germanic, because its structure is like German, and our grammar is based the same way. But almost half of our words come from Latin and Greek, and Latin is the direct ancestor of Portuguese. Look at how some of our words that have to do with building and farming are similar:

Your word for “agriculture” is “agricultura”.
Your word for “stone” is “pedra”. In English, the study of a particular kind of stone is “petrology”. The oil that comes from the stone is called “petroleum” Both the Portuguese and the English words have the same ancestor, which is in Latin.
Your word for "hard" is "duramente". One of our words for "hard" is "durable"

But even Germanic and Romance languages, although they are different, are still related, because they have a common ancestor that goes back maybe six or seven thousand years, called “Indo-European”. As a matter of fact, Indo-European is the ancestor of all the languages in Europe, including Russia (except for Basque, spoken in the Pyrenees); and the language or Iran, Turkey, and part of India.

The relationship among some of these languages is close like Sapanish and Portuguese, Swedish and Norwegian, etc. Some of the relationshipa are not very close. You must be a trained linguist to be able to see how words in Persian, Turkish, Portuguese, and Swedish are related, because changes have happened over the years as those languages spread apart. However, if you understand those changes, you can trace many words in all those languages back to a common ancestor.

But there is no common ancestor for Dutch and Xhosa in Africa, even though the Dutch were among the first Europeans in that area. There is no common ancestor for Portuguese and Japanese, even though the Portuguese were among the first Europeans in that area.

And, as far as I know, there is no common ancestor -- or even any “root words” in common -- between any of the native languages in North and South America and any of the languages in either Asia, Africa, or Europe.

And that is what I am trying to find out. If there were some sort of trade or other relationship between prehistoric cultures in Mesoamerica and dynastic Egypt, I would think there would be some shared words that linguists could trace. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that many linguists have tried to search for these similarities. I really wish they did, because I am not a paleo-linguist and I need all the help I can get!



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Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 316 Duncan Kunz 29-Nov-06 13:07
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 174 Cintia Panizza 29-Nov-06 13:30
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 153 Duncan Kunz 29-Nov-06 16:32
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 159 Citizen Attorney 29-Nov-06 14:58
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 170 Duncan Kunz 29-Nov-06 16:36
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 167 Me 30-Nov-06 01:03
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 191 Duncan Kunz 30-Nov-06 05:26
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 196 Cintia Panizza 30-Nov-06 13:56
For Cintia 188 Duncan Kunz 30-Nov-06 18:11
For Duncan 159 Cintia Panizza 02-Dec-06 13:20
Read with a mirror ... previous post on GHB 158 W_C_Sally 03-Dec-06 08:23
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 201 Katherine 05-Dec-06 17:04
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 180 Cintia Panizza 30-Nov-06 17:32
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 167 Cintia Panizza 30-Nov-06 13:27
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 173 Laird Scranton 30-Nov-06 22:39
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 178 Me 30-Nov-06 23:51
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 150 Laird Scranton 01-Dec-06 00:15
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 172 mephisto 03-Dec-06 08:32
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 141 Katherine 05-Dec-06 17:27
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 186 Merrell 05-Dec-06 14:52
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 169 Ian Alex Blease 04-Dec-06 00:09
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 144 Cintia Panizza 05-Dec-06 16:36
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 129 Katherine 05-Dec-06 17:14
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 169 Cintia Panizza 05-Dec-06 18:35
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 242 Merrell 05-Dec-06 18:47
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 189 Cintia Panizza 05-Dec-06 19:33
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 129 Katherine 05-Dec-06 19:48
Transcript 154 Katherine 05-Dec-06 19:57
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 212 Merrell 05-Dec-06 20:25
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 158 Katherine 05-Dec-06 20:34
For Kat 127 Cintia Panizza 05-Dec-06 18:38
Re: For Kat 139 Katherine 05-Dec-06 18:43
Cintiapanizza 252 Katherine 05-Dec-06 19:29
For Kat and Merrel 191 Cintia Panizza 06-Dec-06 12:33
Re: For Kat and Merrel 176 Katherine 06-Dec-06 15:10
Re: For Kat and Merrel 223 Merrell 06-Dec-06 15:55
Re: For Kat and Merrel 197 Merrell 07-Dec-06 11:55
Re: For Kat and Merrel 180 Me 07-Dec-06 23:55
Re: For Kat and Merrel 530 Katherine 08-Dec-06 00:25
Re: For Kat and Merrel 178 Laird Scranton 08-Dec-06 04:21
Re: For Kat and Merrel 197 Katherine 08-Dec-06 05:07
Re: For Kat and Merrel 212 Laird Scranton 08-Dec-06 15:55
Re: For Kat and Merrel 213 Merrell 08-Dec-06 14:53
Re: For Kat and Merrel 186 Laird Scranton 08-Dec-06 16:10
Re: For Kat and Merrel 198 Merrell 08-Dec-06 18:27
Re: For Kat and Merrel 167 Laird Scranton 08-Dec-06 22:34
Re: For Kat and Merrel 184 Me 08-Dec-06 23:55
Re: For Kat and Merrel 175 Laird Scranton 09-Dec-06 00:01
Re: For Kat and Merrel 169 Laird Scranton 09-Dec-06 15:51
Re: For Kat and Merrel 244 Merrell 09-Dec-06 21:00
Re: For Kat and Merrel 167 Laird Scranton 09-Dec-06 23:58
Re: For Kat and Merrel 248 Laird Scranton 10-Dec-06 15:47
Re: For Kat and Merrel 204 Merrell 10-Dec-06 16:33
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 200 Raja 06-Dec-06 12:49
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 125 Cintia Panizza 06-Dec-06 13:03
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 173 Raja 06-Dec-06 13:13
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 204 Raja 06-Dec-06 13:19
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 176 Katherine 06-Dec-06 15:17
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 179 Raja 06-Dec-06 17:26
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 171 Katherine 06-Dec-06 17:34
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 167 Katherine 06-Dec-06 15:13
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 140 Cintia Panizza 06-Dec-06 17:11
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 186 Katherine 06-Dec-06 17:33
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 145 Raja 06-Dec-06 17:34
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 182 Katherine 06-Dec-06 17:41
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 136 Cintia Panizza 06-Dec-06 21:17
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 178 Katherine 06-Dec-06 21:25
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 159 Cintia Panizza 06-Dec-06 21:45
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 193 Katherine 06-Dec-06 22:15
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 174 Cintia Panizza 07-Dec-06 14:01
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 170 Raja 01-Dec-06 06:40
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 195 Lee McGiffen 03-Dec-06 11:38
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 155 foton 05-Dec-06 11:30
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 172 Me 06-Dec-06 00:10
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 209 Merrell 05-Dec-06 13:13
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 198 P Mac 03-Dec-06 13:50
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 177 Bobajot 03-Dec-06 23:09
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 157 Cintia Panizza 05-Dec-06 16:40
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 170 Bobajot 06-Dec-06 23:30
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 189 Cintia Panizza 07-Dec-06 14:08


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