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Boxhorn, Marcus van

He was the first to claim that there was a common   ancestral Indo-European language.
He was the first to claim that there
was a common ancestral Indo-European language.





(1612 - 1653) A Dutch philologist who taught at the University of Leiden, he was the first to notice similarities in what eventually came to be called the Indo-European languages (e.g. Dutch, Greek, Latin, Persian, and German). He also postulated the existence of a common ancestral language, which he called ScythianScythia being antiquity's name for an area north of the Black and Caspian seas. According to modern comparative linguistics, he pretty much got it right.




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