Daco-Thracian


Daco-Thracian

Daco-Thracian is a hypothesis that the Dacian language and the Thracian language were close languages on the same Indo-European branch or possibly even dialects of the same language.

However, in the 1950s, the Bulgarian linguist Vladimir Georgiev published his workGeorgiev, "Raporturi..."] which argued that Dacian and Albanian should be assigned to a language branch termed "Daco-Moesian" (or "Daco-Mysian"), Moesian (or Mysian) being thought of as a transitional language between Dacian and Thracian.

Georgiev argued that Dacian and Thracian are different languages, with different phonetic systems, his idea being supported by the placenames, which end in "-dava" in Dacian and Moesian, as opposed to "-para", in Thracian placenames.This should be seen as a marginal trend of the whole Thracian revival movement in Bulgaria, promoted by ruler Todor Zhivkov. Most of the researchers, Bulgarians and others, see the Dacians as Thracian tribes (be they less influenced by the Greek culture) and are debating the relations of the Thracian tribes with the Illyrians, Lydians or Phrygians.

References

*Vladimir Georgiev (Gheorghiev), "Raporturile dintre limbile dacă, tracă şi frigiană", "Studii Clasice" Journal, II, 1960, 39-58


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