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SCYTHAE: un problema linguistico, etnografico e culturale dell’età moderna

Author(s): Francesco Villani

Journal: Studi Linguistici e Filologici Online
ISSN 1724-5230

Volume: 1;
Start page: 443;
Date: 2003;
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In the history of linguistics the theory according to which the European Languages have an eastern origin (the Scythian Theory) has played an important role in developing the Indo-european Theory. I would like to demonstrate that the 15th and 16th century are the crucial point for the linguistic aspect of this theory: some authors, called the ‘polyglotti’, like Gessner, Bibliander and Megiser are the starting point from which stems the epistemological paradigm of the modern Indo-european historical linguistics. Other languages and their ‘mythical’ origin in the East, like Uralic and Semitic languages, are to be seen as the starting point for the Scythian Theory. A special concern of the author is the give a glimpse of the contest in which such theory has been created.

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