|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, January 15, 2005, 6:17|
> Aw - does it have to be even remotely a cousin of IE? Why must
> Basque & Etruscan remain the only European isolates?
Actually, I think it's generally accepted that the pre-Latin
languages of Spain were non-IE, and probably not Afroasiatic
or related to Basque either. Depending on whether we count
Asiatic Russia as European (given the arbitrariness of the
continental divide), we might also include Gilyak, spoken
in the Russian Far East.
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