Mihai Vinereanu

Mihai Vinereanu

professor City University of New York

On the Centum Features of Thraco-Dacian Language

By | 2017-09-27T06:43:53+00:00 25 September 2017|

The centum/satem distinction refers to the nature of the first two dialects that appeared in Proto-Indo-European, namely the different evolution of Proto-Indo-European palatal velars *k , *g and *g'h. The western dialect was named centum and the Eastern one satem. Following this distinction, we can demonstrate that the Traco-Dacian language is a centum, not a satem language as it was believed since 19th century to the present. The Romanian lexical elements of Thraco-Dacian origin, discussed in this article have centum, not satem features which proves that this language was a centum language and even related to Latin and other Italic languages. Furthermore, we may easily distinguish the genuine Slavic lonawords into Romanian and vice-versa. Until now the Romanian linguists were completely unaware of these details.

THE LANGUAGE OF THE SINAIA TABLETS’ INSCRIPTIONS (III)

By | 2017-03-20T07:19:31+00:00 6 October 2016|

This is the third and the last part of nn etymological dictionary of the Thraco-Dacian language. spoken in Central Europe including the Balkan region which is, in fact, the ancestor of Romanian language. This small etymological dictionary includes around 1000 words, group in about 340 semantic groups. One will find out that this language has a lot in common with Romanian language, Latin and Italic languages as well. The words analyzed here are from the Sinaia tablets discovered at Sinaia, Romania. In this part one will find the etymology of the adjectives and the closed classes parts of speech (adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections).

The Language of the Inscriptions of the Sinaia Tablets(II)

By | 2017-03-23T06:26:53+00:00 22 June 2016|

The following is the second part of The Language of the Inscriptions of the Sinaia Tablets (a relatively small etymological dictionary of Dacian language), namely the nouns (see Verbs in the previous issue of this Journal) identified on the Sinaia tablets discovered near the town of Sinaia, Romania. The language is closely related to Romanian, being in the same time the real mother language of Romanian. There were several attempts to decipher the texts of the tablets. I used here the one made by Eugen Nicolaescu.

THE LANGUAGE OF THE INSCRIPTIONS OF THE SINAIA TABLETS(I)

By | 2017-03-20T07:19:26+00:00 24 March 2016|

There have been and there is still much controversy about the origin of Romanian language and people originating either from bad faith or ignorance. Basically, it comes down to two hypotheses:  the Latin or the Dacian one, both well known to all of us. The real discovery of Sinaia tablets took place in the second half of the nineteenth century, but the details remain a mystery. In the 90s of last century when Dan Romalo published the first book on the inscriptions of the remaining 134 lead tablets out of hundreds that were discovered more than a century before. Meanwhile, a few more authors tried to decipher these inscriptions. In 2014, Eugen Nicolaescu a professional decrypter published his Vorbele din Plumb (The Words from Lead) making a much better interpretation of the data. In what follows, I make  the etymological analysis of 336 Thraco-Dacian words. From what we could see, the language is actually an archaic form of Romanian, with many links to Latin and other Italic languages (including Etruscan) or other Indo-European languages.

Introduction to The Etymological Dictionary of The Romanian Language

By | 2014-12-23T19:15:58+00:00 27 August 2014|

The Introduction investigates the origin of Romanian language from a new perspective. Due to the fact that most (86%) of the Romanian lexicon cannot be explained through Latin and it has no cognates in other Romance language, a new method of investigation was developed. From the other 14%, 2/3 belong to a common Indo-European heritage. Thus the Introduction (and the dictionary) shows that most of the Romanian lexicon originates from Thraco-Dacian, a language widely spoken in Balkan region and central and eastern Europe in ancient times. It compares the Romanian lexicon with other Indo-European languages and presents into details the phonological evolution of sounds from Proto-Indo-European to Romanian. The method works very well and solves the etymology of thousands of Romanian words left with unknown, uncertain or wrongly attributed etymology as discussed in the new Etymological Dictionary of Romanian. As a result one may say that Romanian is not a real Romance language as it was believed, but the daughter language of Thraco-Dacian with some Latin, Slavic or other lexical borrowings. The paper also reveals that Thraco-Dacian (and Illyrian) were closely related to Celtic and Italic languages and by analyzing the Romanian lexicon of Thraco-Dacian origin, it shows also that this language was a centum language, contrary to the general belief that it was a satem lanaguage. A beginnig of Romanization may have taken place, but not a Romanization proper. This hypothesis is supported by both linguistic and historical facts investigated in this paper.

Editorial

By | 2016-03-21T10:29:52+00:00 24 August 2014|

The goal of this journal is to address a number of little known aspects regarding the Romanian spirituality, language and culture. The linguistics articles will be presented from a new perspective, since the author along these lines proved that Romanian is not a real Romance language. Also archaeology, genetics and cultural anthropology will play a major role. The journal was created to inform the Romanians, as well as the foreign researchers (linguists, archaeologists and anthropologists) interested to learn more about Romanian language and culture. The journal is bi-lingual with articles in Romanian and English. The articles in  English are mostly [...]