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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' 442 Duncan Kunz 29-Nov-06 13:07
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 277 Cintia Panizza 29-Nov-06 13:30
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 269 Duncan Kunz 29-Nov-06 16:32
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 267 Citizen Attorney 29-Nov-06 14:58
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 286 Duncan Kunz 29-Nov-06 16:36
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 271 Me 30-Nov-06 01:03
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 282 Duncan Kunz 30-Nov-06 05:26
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 302 Cintia Panizza 30-Nov-06 13:56
For Cintia 293 Duncan Kunz 30-Nov-06 18:11
For Duncan 264 Cintia Panizza 02-Dec-06 13:20
Read with a mirror ... previous post on GHB 268 W_C_Sally 03-Dec-06 08:23
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 307 Katherine 05-Dec-06 17:04
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 286 Cintia Panizza 30-Nov-06 17:32
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 295 Cintia Panizza 30-Nov-06 13:27
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 279 Laird Scranton 30-Nov-06 22:39
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 280 Me 30-Nov-06 23:51
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 246 Laird Scranton 01-Dec-06 00:15
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 277 mephisto 03-Dec-06 08:32
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 279 Katherine 05-Dec-06 17:27
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 328 Merrell 05-Dec-06 14:52
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 273 Ian Alex Blease 04-Dec-06 00:09
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 252 Cintia Panizza 05-Dec-06 16:36
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 233 Katherine 05-Dec-06 17:14
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 276 Cintia Panizza 05-Dec-06 18:35
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 365 Merrell 05-Dec-06 18:47
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 292 Cintia Panizza 05-Dec-06 19:33
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 231 Katherine 05-Dec-06 19:48
Transcript 268 Katherine 05-Dec-06 19:57
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 327 Merrell 05-Dec-06 20:25
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 274 Katherine 05-Dec-06 20:34
For Kat 241 Cintia Panizza 05-Dec-06 18:38
Re: For Kat 245 Katherine 05-Dec-06 18:43
Cintiapanizza 356 Katherine 05-Dec-06 19:29
For Kat and Merrel 294 Cintia Panizza 06-Dec-06 12:33
Re: For Kat and Merrel 281 Katherine 06-Dec-06 15:10
Re: For Kat and Merrel 335 Merrell 06-Dec-06 15:55
Re: For Kat and Merrel 309 Merrell 07-Dec-06 11:55
Re: For Kat and Merrel 297 Me 07-Dec-06 23:55
Re: For Kat and Merrel 729 Katherine 08-Dec-06 00:25
Re: For Kat and Merrel 290 Laird Scranton 08-Dec-06 04:21
Re: For Kat and Merrel 355 Katherine 08-Dec-06 05:07
Re: For Kat and Merrel 332 Laird Scranton 08-Dec-06 15:55
Re: For Kat and Merrel 344 Merrell 08-Dec-06 14:53
Re: For Kat and Merrel 318 Laird Scranton 08-Dec-06 16:10
Re: For Kat and Merrel 316 Merrell 08-Dec-06 18:27
Re: For Kat and Merrel 302 Laird Scranton 08-Dec-06 22:34
Re: For Kat and Merrel 306 Me 08-Dec-06 23:55
Re: For Kat and Merrel 293 Laird Scranton 09-Dec-06 00:01
Re: For Kat and Merrel 283 Laird Scranton 09-Dec-06 15:51
Re: For Kat and Merrel 379 Merrell 09-Dec-06 21:00
Re: For Kat and Merrel 272 Laird Scranton 09-Dec-06 23:58
Re: For Kat and Merrel 361 Laird Scranton 10-Dec-06 15:47
Re: For Kat and Merrel 312 Merrell 10-Dec-06 16:33
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 297 Raja 06-Dec-06 12:49
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 227 Cintia Panizza 06-Dec-06 13:03
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 280 Raja 06-Dec-06 13:13
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 310 Raja 06-Dec-06 13:19
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 283 Katherine 06-Dec-06 15:17
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 283 Raja 06-Dec-06 17:26
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 281 Katherine 06-Dec-06 17:34
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 288 Katherine 06-Dec-06 15:13
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 240 Cintia Panizza 06-Dec-06 17:11
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 300 Katherine 06-Dec-06 17:33
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 248 Raja 06-Dec-06 17:34
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 275 Katherine 06-Dec-06 17:41
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 246 Cintia Panizza 06-Dec-06 21:17
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 278 Katherine 06-Dec-06 21:25
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 255 Cintia Panizza 06-Dec-06 21:45
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 308 Katherine 06-Dec-06 22:15
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 282 Cintia Panizza 07-Dec-06 14:01
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 286 Raja 01-Dec-06 06:40
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 308 Lee McGiffen 03-Dec-06 11:38
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 280 foton 05-Dec-06 11:30
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 281 Me 06-Dec-06 00:10
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 327 Merrell 05-Dec-06 13:13
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 330 P Mac 03-Dec-06 13:50
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 288 Bobajot 03-Dec-06 23:09
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 261 Cintia Panizza 05-Dec-06 16:40
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 274 Bobajot 06-Dec-06 23:30
Re: Egypt/Maya 'correlation' 311 Cintia Panizza 07-Dec-06 14:08


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