Re: retroflex consonants
|From:||Thomas Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, June 7, 2005, 20:14|
> > From what I remember about Indian languages (in India; not Native
> > American languages! ;) ,
> The disambiguation trick is to call those of India 'Indic'
> and those of America 'Amerindian'
The problem with that is that both _Indic_ and _Amerindian_
have specialized uses that do not simply mean "relating to
India" or "relating to the aboriginals of the Americas".
Specifically, they respectively refer to the Indo-European
subbranch of Indo-Aryan spoken in India or the set of Sanskrit
and its descendents, and the macrofamily proposed by Greenberg that
excludes only Eskimo-Aleut and Nadene languages in the Americas.
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