In acronyms, PIE (LH:1) short for “proto-Indo European”, refers to hypothesized to have existed melting pot language that amalgamated in the India content region, what was transmitted into Europe during migrations northward.
In 1786, William Jones, after spending time as a judge in Bengal, India, postulated that Sanskrit, Latin, and Greek have a common origin, in what was a crude attempt to unify Hindu creation myth with Christian creation myth, fixed around James Usher’s 4004BC date of creation of the world, and Noah’s flood, which he dated to 2350BC.
In 19th century, Jones' common language model came to be called "proto-Indo-European", the conjecture being that this hypothesized language was spoken by the people after god created the world (4004BC) but before getting on Noah's ark (2350BC).
Presently, having a better understanding of the Egyptian origin of the Greek alphabet, e.g. that the letter "A" derives from the Egyptian god "Shu", and words coded via isopsephy, e.g. that "philosophy" derives from the Greek letter "phi" φ, which is a cypher for Ptah's divine fire drill, and so-called "double names" (aka secret names), e.g. that Bible, in number cypher means "314" or 3.14 (π), etc., most modern English words, the PIE model is not full correct, in many cases; but still sometimes cited in modern etymologies.
The following are related quotes:
- “Long before Chomsky's revolution, historical linguistics was the dominant discipline in the field, driven largely by an increasing the systematic attempt to account for the descent of modern languages from a hypothesized proto-Indo-European language first proposed in 1786.”
- — Author (2002), “Article”
- PIE (redirect) – Wikipedia.