Interview with prof. Anton Perdih, author of the book Origin of Slovenes and other Europeans, Ljubljana 2013. Printing the book in Czech language is being negotiated recently.
1. What is your opinion on prehistory of Europe, developpment of its languages and position of Slavic languages and in relation to other Indo-European languages, Latin, Greek, Celtic, Germanic, Sanskrit (possibly also some Non-Indo-European languages Semitic, Uralic, Altaic, Basque...) Borrowings of words, vocabulary, or grammar features.
In my book, Izvor Slovencev in drugih Evropejcev, Jutro, Ljubljana 1913, I collected the latest "genetic", in fact DNA Genealogy data. These data, together with some other data indicate that the first inhabitants in Europe were from about 45,000 years ago the Y-haplogroup I males together with their females, who were europeids and Proto-Slavic. There are indications that their predecessors, the Y-haplogroup BT males together with their females, lived in Slovenia at least about 60,000 years ago. Between 9,000 and 6,000 years ago the Y-haplogroup R1a males joined them and till about 4,500 years ago most of Europe, except parts of Scandinavia and majority of Russian Plane was Proto-Slavic, or Aryan of that time, as one would prefer to say.
Between 5,000 and 3,500 years ago the Y-haplogroup R1b males intruded western Europe, eradicating there most of previous males. In central Europe the aboriginal Proto-Slavic inhabitants were appreciably reduced in number, but they survived and were not occupied by the R1b people. At that time, a number of previous inhabitants of western and central Europe fled to Russian Plane and till about 3500 years ago they expanded as far as Arabia, Iran (Avestians), India (Aryans) and northeastern China.
Sanskrit is a direct descendant of western Proto-Slavic. The so called "Celtic" languages as well as Basque developed from the Proto-Slavic substratum and R1b superstratum. The origin of Germanic is not yet entirely clear but there are data indicating that it started to develop about or later than 3500 years ago in East Asia from the incoming Proto-Slavic under East Asian influences, which gave it the Kentum characteristics. Latin and Greek are a still later development of foreign intrudes onto the Proto-Slavic territories.
I did not study the borrowings of words, vocabulary, or grammar features in detail. Such studies are being performed by some other of our coworkers. Most of these works are accessible at www.korenine.si/zborniki/ I only joined to the study started by Silvestri & Tomezzoli about judging the similarity of antique languages between themselves and some modern ones based on sound frequecy in the inscriptions. The results were surprising - the Venetic, Rhaetic etc languages were by sound frequencies more similar to Old Slovene and Old Church Slavonic than to their contemporaries Latin and Greek. These results have been published at www.korenine.si/zborniki/ as well.
2. Can you say something to the historical presence of Slavic languages in regions of Austria, Northern Italy, Hungary, Roman provinces Noricum, Rhetia, Vindelicia.
They existed there from the time immemorial till they were de-Slavicised in one or another way.
3. Is it true that some inscriptions that can be deciphered by Slavic languages were found on the territory of todays France?
Yes, true, look at www.korenine.si/zborniki/ etc.
3.b I remember you said, that in France, there were villages speaking Slavic till 19th century.
We were told by M. Bor that it was so still in the post-WW2 time.
4. Core element of study are Venetic inscriptions from Roman Era - can you describe the history of its decipherment? (Bor, Tomažič, Šavli, Ambrožič?)
It started already in the beginning of the 19th Century (F. Prešeren, at least). After WW2, Jager studied the Etruscan inscriptions, followed by Berlot and Rebec, who published their book on them in 1984. In about 1970ties Bor was trying to decipher also Venetic inscriptions. After the polemics about the Venetic Theory presented by Šavli and Tomažič started in 1985, Bor published his readings of Venetic inscriptions in newspapers. Afterthem, Ambrožič and many others followed him. V. Vodopivec published in 2010 to 2012 a collection of majority of Venetic and other antique inscriptions.
5. Is it true that "Venetic" themes were discussed in Slovenian newspapers about year 1990?
This started in 1985 and lasted for about a decade.
6. How did it happen that you became leader of these studies?
V. Vodopivec started in 1999 the project "Korenine slovenskega naroda", he invited me to join him and I accepted. Later he entrusted me to lead the Programme Committee.
6.b When did you became interested in the Slavic autochtony teories?
Already in the second class of the elementary school, when our teacher, the niece of our historian S. Rutar told us many things about our early history.
6.c What is the history of conferences held every year in Lublana? (Vodopivec, Hrovat)
They started in 2001 and are still continuing.
7. How did the study developed in meaning of correcting, improving original viewpoints from 1980s to 2010s?
It is developing gradually, as our coworkers contribute their new discoveries.
7.b Can you name some scripts and writings, apart of Venetic, that can be deciphered by Slavic?
Older Etruscan, Rhaetic, Old Phrygian, Messapic, Gaulish, but regretfully I do not follow all of them any more.
8. What are the paths of future studies? What should be points of focus for future research. What should be the tactic to attract general public and academicians?
The main focus is collecting new data that might be relevant, then to recheck the present explanations. The public should be informed from time to time, when some breakthrough appears. At the moment the Slovene academicians repudiate us a priori. And the others follow them.
Ing. Dušan Polanský, Prof. Anton Perdih
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