ALSS, AISS & SWED versus ‘Phonemology’ New Dating and Origin of Indo-European Languages


For the past two hundred years the easy science of ‘phonemology’ [phonemics and/or phonology] lead linguistics astray in the search of the Proto-Indo-Europeans from Ireland to India and Korea and from Polar Circle to Mesopotamia. The new, here presented, multidisciplinary method of ALSS, AISS and SWED has a better results and footing.

The acronym ALLS stands for Archaic Lexical Semantic Sequences and AISS for Archaic Idiomatic Semantic Sequences. They express the concept that some words and idioms can be dated and arranged in chronological sequence as they arose throughout the past millennia.

For example, idioms which incorporate the concept of automobile, such as “Fast as Ferrari” could not be in use for more than one hundred years. Conversely, no one would coin or use [in earnest] an idiom “Fast as Pony Express” during the last fifty years.

On the other hand Pan-Slovyan [Pan-Slavic] proverb ne svjati horshki lipljat had to be in use before 6,000 years ago, because after the invention of the potter wheel it would make no sense.

In addition to AISS and ALSS we advanced the concept of multidisciplinary approach to a Single Word Etymological Dating (SWED), which dates the formation of a given language(s). For example cuckoo bird is the semi-tropical dark migratory bird which flies furthest North. Following the recent global warming, during the last fifteen years, the first sightings of the cuckoo bird has been reported from Iceland. Our research found that he cuckoo bird is named onomatopoetically in over 69 languages. However, in Ukrainian only, it is called zozula, i.e. black or dark [bird] with white bars or spots. The reason for the noun zozula is that 14,000 BP in the warming up Ukrainian tundra this was the first non-white bird to be ever seen, and its calls were immaterial to the Proto-Ukrainians surrounded by the grackle and cackle of countless northern, all-white birds on the Ukrainian post-glacial lakes.

Another example of SWED and ALSS are names of the common squirrel. Squirrel is called bielka (i.e. whitey) in Ukrainian [and Russian, its 400-year-old dialect], while bielkas in all central and eastern Europe are dark-rusty in color. The rodent is appropriately and dateably called acorn eater German, ‘grayee’ in Greek (i.e. skiurus), squirrel in English** and tree mouse in some Oriental languages. After three years of search we finally found endemic, white (non-albino) squirrels near Lake Huron and in North Western Urals. British historian E. Gibbon in the Fall of the Roman Empire cited 10th century Byzantine records about Novhorodians (Northern Ukrainians) providing pelts of white squirrels to Byzantine emperors and aristocracy.

** Incidentally all three, skiurus, sciurus and squirrel derive from Ukrainian- Slovyan sharyj, sirka or sharka i.e. gray.

Over the past six years we collected dozens of ALSS & AISS which indicate that Ukrainian was spoken possibly during the last interglacial, but certainly during the Last Ice Age. Still we strive to discover and catalogue ALSS & AISS in all possible Slovyan [Slavic] languages and thus to show the antiquity and chronology of their appearance.

Conversely, we challenge experts in non-Indo-European and non-Slovyan languages to come with similar archaic dating of lexical and idiomatic sequences, which we so far fail to see.