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European isolates

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Saturday, January 15, 2005, 6:17
Ray Brown:
> 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. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>