On 21/09/2010 15:16, Jörg Rhiemeier wrote: [snip] > OnTue, 21 Sep 2010 10:56:06 +0100, R A Brown wrote: > >> Yep - it doesn't seem to me that this small ethnic >> group would impinge much, if at all, on the history of >> the world at large. Rather one wonders if they would >> have survived any more than IE-speaking Tocharians >> did. But that's another matter. > > Yes. While the survival of Latin in a mercenary garrison > in western China is not very likely, it is at least not > impossible. One of the main problems, as I see it, is that Roman soldiers captured by Parthians and ending up as mercenaries in western China will all be _men_. If they want to produce progeny they will have take wives or lovers from native population; in such situations surely the mother's language is most likely to be the L1 of the children. If Latin is to take root firmly it seems to me that the Parthians would need to include a goodly number of female camp followers (i.e. prostitutes & mistresses - legionaries were not allow to marry) together with the soldiers and for the whole lot - men and woman - to end up together in that garrison in western China. > And what regards Tocharian - who says it was dead in the > LLL? True. Now just where have those Tocharians finished up? -- Ray ================================== http://www.carolandray.plus.com ================================== "Ein Kopf, der auf seine eigene Kosten denkt, wird immer Eingriffe in die Sprache thun." [J.G. Hamann, 1760] "A mind that thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language".