Re: Alternative histories and paralele universes
|From:||Andrew Smith <hobbit@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, January 7, 1999, 22:25|
On Wed, 6 Jan 1999, Kenji Schwarz wrote:
> I see what you mean, but some examples of widespread language families
> whose speakers didn't have horses come to mind -- Bantu, Algonkian,
> Athapaskan, Eskimo. I don't know that the lack of horses would have to be
> an absolute hobble (so to speak) for these alternate Indo-Europeans.
>Not absolutely but I have recently seen a quote that the spread of the
Indo-Europeans was speeded up to ten times faster after the horse-drawn
vehicles complemented oxen-drawn vehicles. 5000 to 6000 years is a
shorter headstart than some American language groups got. This may have
effected a more sparser population.
Still, no ravaging hoards off the steppes either.
Andrew Smith, Intheologus firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Why are there so many Smiths in the Phone Book?
A. Because they all have telephones!
-----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK-----
GL d+ s-:+ a32 C+ UL P? L E? W++ N+ o-- K- w O M+ V PS++ PE- Y+ PGP- t+*
5+ X- R tv b+++ DI+ D-- G e++ h- !r y-
------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------