Linguistic ties with Greece

When we think of our country as a western culture, one that is more related to Europe as oppose to Asia, comparisons to other nations occur immediately. One nation that is considered by many to have the closest ties to Armenians both on a genetic level as well as culturally is, of course, Greece. In this article, I would like to mention yet another similarity of our nations that you might not have seen coming. I would like to talk about our languages. Greek and Armenian, although not similar at first glance, have a lot of things in common. For starters, these languages are the only two Indo-European languages to not have close ties to any other Indo-European language, as well as have their own unique writing system.

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Danish linguist Holger Pedersen brought up a hypothesis in 1924 suggesting that Greek and Armenian are two very distinct cousin languages that share a common ancestor in the form of the Graeco-Aryan – an ancient language believed to be spoken amongst residents of modern day Greece Turkey and Armenia. This language has formed the Graeco-Armeno-Aryan clade, a distinct branch of the Indo-European language family which is believed to be the place were the languages of Armenian, Greek and Caucasian Albanian have seen their inception.

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