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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. Andrew Smith, Intheologus Q. Why are there so many Smiths in the Phone Book? A. Because they all have telephones! -----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK----- Version: 3.1 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------