#431245

Anonymous

(continuation of diphthong comparison)

So Illyrian has preserved these diphthongs intact:

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Meanwhile Albanian like Daco-Thracian has monophthongized them. The very word "Dacian" shows this pattern (*dhaw-kos "wolf" > Dacian) and the first attestation of the word "Dacian" is around 50 BC (in Ceasar's writtings).

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The root *g'heu- "pour" gave the thracian names Seuthes and Seutheilas ("he who makes the libation" > "Priest" as in its Indo-Iranian cognates Hotar/Zaotar). The second name is later inscriptionally attested as Setheilas, meanwhile the thracian gloss zetraia (< zeutraia < *g'heu-treh2) shows the same albanian-like monophthongization:

Dacian:

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Thracian:

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Add to all that the fact that almost all the 100 Romanian Dacian substrate words have their albanian counterpart and that Romanian shares with Albanian an entire constellation of grammatical, syntactic and even late balkan latin innovations and the picture becomes clear.